Jordan Halliday

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Jordan Halliday
Jordan Halliday
Halliday in Salt Lake City, 2009
Born (1987-08-11) August 11, 1987 (age 27)[1]
West Jordan, Utah, U.S.
Nationality American
Known for

Animal rights activism

Grand Jury Resistance
Movement Anarchist[2]
Religion None[1]
Website
Support Jordan

Jordan Cade Halliday (born August 11, 1987) is an American animal rights activist. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2009 on charges related to resisting a federal grand jury investigating local illegal animal rights activities, mainly concerning fur farm raids in Utah. He was jailed for nearly four months under a contempt of court order to compel him to testify. He was later released and indicted on criminal contempt of court.[1][3][4] He pled guilty to "Criminal Contempt of Court" on July 27, 2010. The charge is a unique one in that it is sui generis, meaning it is neither a felony nor a misdemeanor. He was sentenced on November 3, 2010, to 10 months in prison with 3 years of probation upon release. He filed an appeal with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which was denied. He was accused of violating his terms by allegedly associating with the vegan straightedge. His house was raided by a dozen armed FBI agents and he started serving his sentence early on January 9, 2012. He was released on July 20, 2012, his civil time running concurrent with his criminal time. He was released with 3 years of probation. On August 8, 2013, he was granted early termination of supervision after filing a motion with his lawyer.[2][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] [27][28]

Early life[edit]

Halliday was raised in West Jordan, Utah, where he graduated from Copper Hills High School.[1] According to testimony by his mother he became vegan at age 12.[29] Halliday decided to go vegetarian when he witnessed a cow give birth to a calf which was named after him. The calf later was sold presumably for veal or rodeo entertainment. When eating steak one night with his family, they joked they could be eating "Jordan", so Halliday pushed his plate away and has refused to eat meat ever since.[30] During High School, Halliday formed SLARP (Salt Lake Animal Rights Project) which was a school club dealing with Animal Rights issues in Salt Lake.[31] Later in life he formed the Salt Lake Chapter of the Animal Defense League known as ADLSLC.[1][19][20][32]

Grand jury[edit]

Halliday was subpoenaed to testify before the Federal Grand Jury in Feb. 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The grand jury was thought to be investigating recent mink releases by the Animal Liberation Front, which Halliday claims to support but isn't affiliated.[33] Others feel it is a modern day witch hunt to gather information on the local Animal Rights community.[34] Halliday's Support Committee claims that the grand jury was allegedly formed to investigate the mink raids, but the questions asked went far beyond the inquests into criminal activity.[35] Halliday allegedly used a form of Civil disobedience to resist the federal grand jury. He was found to be in civil contempt of court by order of a judge. He was incarcerated for nearly four months, after which he was let out and charged with criminal contempt of court. He pled guilty to "criminal contempt" on July 27, 2010.[5] He was sentenced on November 3, 2010 to 10 months in prison and 3 years probation upon release. He filed an appeal with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which was denied. He was accused of violating his terms by allegedly associating with the vegan straightedge. His house was raided by a dozen armed FBI agents and he started serving his sentence early on January 9, 2012. He was released on July 20, 2012, his civil time running concurrent with his criminal time. He was released with 3 years of probation.[3][6][7][8][9][10][17][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26] [27] [28] [36] [37] [38] [39][40]

Targeted residential picketing[edit]

Halliday was convicted of targeted residential picketing on December 1, 2009. This charge arose from a 2008 protest in the neighborhood of an animal researcher. His other charge of "Wearing a mask with the intent to commit a crime" was dropped after the jury failed to reach a verdict. He was found Not Guilty upon appeal.[1][41][42]

Which Side Podcast[edit]

Halliday is currently the co-host of the political podcast Which side which features various guests with discussions involving animal rights, earth rights, atheism, anarchism, and many other topics.[2][43][44]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Jordan Halliday Bio, Support Jordan
  2. ^ a b c About Us Which Side Podcast
  3. ^ a b Jordan Halliday Released!, North American Animal Liberation Press Office
  4. ^ Animal-rights advocate could resolve contempt case.
  5. ^ a b Animal-rights activist pleads guilty to contempt charge
  6. ^ a b Jordan Halliday Pleads Guilty to Contempt
  7. ^ a b Salt Lake man admits to contempt of court in mink farm raid case
  8. ^ a b Animal rights activist pleads guilty to contempt in mink case
  9. ^ a b Grand Jury Resister Jordan Halliday Accepts Plea
  10. ^ a b Activist pleads guilty to contempt in mink case
  11. ^ Call Out for Solidarity with Grand Jury Resistor Jordan Halliday
  12. ^ Go Vegan Radio interview with Jordan Halliday on October 3rd, 2010
  13. ^ Animal Rights Activist Pays the Price of Grand Jury Resistance
  14. ^ Grand jury resistance, Midwest and Utah
  15. ^ Grand Jury Resister Jordan Halliday Sentenced to 10 months
  16. ^ Jordan Halliday Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison
  17. ^ a b Salt Lake City Grand Jury
  18. ^ Chill Gazpacho, Not First Amendment Rights: Governmental Use of the Federal Grand Jury Against the Animal Rights Movement, by Emily Garber
  19. ^ a b c Motive company: interview with Jordan Halliday
  20. ^ a b c Utah animal activist loses appeal, makes music video about prison
  21. ^ a b Activist Begins Prison Sentence for Refusing to Name Names and For Quoting Dave Chappelle - Green is the new red
  22. ^ a b Message from Jordan!
  23. ^ a b It's coming through the air; writings from the inside #1 / Jordan Halliday
  24. ^ a b “‘Extremist’ or Journalist?” — TV Interview
  25. ^ a b statement - Support Jordan
  26. ^ a b JORDAN IS FREE - Earth First News
  27. ^ a b JORDAN HALLIDAY RELEASED! - BITE BACK Magazine
  28. ^ a b Jordan Halliday Released - Because we must
  29. ^ Grand Jury Resister Jordan Halliday Update on, Voice of the Voiceless
  30. ^ why did you go veg?, why did you go veg blog, 4th Feb. 2008
  31. ^ Salt Lake Animal Rights Project, Salt Lake Animal Rights Project.
  32. ^ About The Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City, Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City
  33. ^ Activists face grand jury in releases of minks, Ben Winslow, Deseret News, February 18th, 2009.
  34. ^ Salt Lake City Grand Jury, Grand Jury Resistance Project
  35. ^ Vegan Grand Jury Resister Released Faces New Criminal Charges, Peter Daniel Young, Voice of the Voiceless.
  36. ^ Grand Jury Resister Faces One Year in Prison
  37. ^ Animal Rights Activist Sentenced to 10 months for Resisting a Grand Jury
  38. ^ Animal Rights Activist Sentenced To 10 Months In Prison
  39. ^ Animal-rights activist sent to federal prison in mink case
  40. ^ Jordan Halliday Sentenced to 10 Months for Resisting Grand Jury
  41. ^ Jordan Halliday Convicted of Violating City Ordinance Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City, Dec. 1st, 2009.
  42. ^ [1], Jordan's Twitter account
  43. ^ [2], Which Side Podcast
  44. ^ [3], Which Side Podcast Tumblr

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