On the Road to Another Victory: NIO Continues on to the Appeal Against the University of Florida
by Lisa Grossman
Camille Marino: “The University of Florida refused to disclose public records documenting their experiments on primates since our request was initiated in October 2010. NIO brought a formal lawsuit against UF in 2011. On December 30, 2011, the Court ruled that the university must hand over the records to us by 4:22 pm on January 3, 2012. No other information was offered and the location of the monkeys was redacted. We maintain that this redaction was illegal under Florida statues.”
Today, our lawyer Marcy I. LaHart appealed this claim in a hearing regarding whether the documents indicating the physical location of the primates is exempt from the public records law based on an exemption that applies to security system plans. A final order from the judge is still needed.
Although Camille Marino, Founder and CEO of Negotiation Is Over, has been imprisoned for almost a month in Florida with no charges and no bond, the appeal to further expose the vivisection complex moves forward. It seems that UF has orchestrated fictitious complaints about Marino and Grossman, trying to neutralize NIO’s campaign against them by abusing the legal system and jailing both, with even more charges coming, for as long as possible. As the University of Florida has shown in court already, they believe that they are above the law and will use it to cover the primate torture happening in their labs- spitting in the face of Gainesville’s judicial system.
Note: At this time, Camille Marino is unable to be located and is said to be on her way to be extradited to Michigan from the Alachua County Jail, but is being held at “an undisclosed location in the US for an undetermined amount of time.”
We are now in receipt of a document from UF since December 2010, which confirms the names of 33 primates enslaved in their labs. (NIO activists around the world continue to upload and expose the vivisecters and their tormented primates online at http://UniversityofFraud.wordpress.com.)
In 2011, UF argued that the redaction falls under “security systems” exemptions. Their legal counsel Courtney Grimm went further to explain how animal rights activists around the country could use this information to “harm children” and bomb things. The logic truly confounds! Apparently the Honorable Judge Martha Lott was a bit perplexed as well. She queried Ms. Grimm:
“So if activists know the location of the monkeys, you think they’re going to go blow them up?”
Also in 2011, our attorney, Marcy I. LaHart, had submitted a cohesive argument citing the Florida statutes in which “public records” and exemptions are defined as well as presenting case law and precedents supporting our position. Having failed to comply with “sunshine laws” governing our request for over a year, counsel representing UF, Courtney Grimm was unable to offer any relevant defense of the university’s noncompliance. Rather, she attempted to put NIO Florida activists on trial. She cited injunctions against Camille Marino, trespass violations against Lisa Grossman, threats that were never made, arrests that never happened…. She continued to build her case by offering that activists peacefully protest (yes, protest) and, quite interestingly, she even noted a news story from India published earlier that day in which university police were concerned. The Honorable Judge Martha Lott’s ruling demonstrates that everything the esteemed
Ms. Grimm argued was gibberish: “Even if Ms. Marino is intent upon engaging in criminal activity, the University of Florida still must turn over the public records.”
Today, February 28 2012, NIO returns to court to continue their appeal.
This decision needs to be understood by the timid and fearful in our community. We have proven that we will never know how far we can go unless we actively push even the legal boundary until it breaks. Activists who adopt the language of the enemy and label their peers “terrorists” and “criminals” are holding us all back. We will be going back to court and hope to secure a definitive win for the animals.
Grossman: “Although the University of Florida has purposely caused a frenzy bordering on panic among its community and young students by calling activists terrorists, no one has been harmed nor has there ever been any danger- except to those of us who would expose their archaic primate experiments, call for investigations of misappropriated funds, and UF’s choice to cause harm to the innocent when non-animal alternatives are available.”