That’s so it can’t be misused, according to this AP story in today’s Rapid City (S.D.) Journal about the case involving the slain American Indian Movement activist. The attorneys say that secret grand jury records have been posted on the Internet, confidential witness names have been revealed and witnesses have received unwanted visits from defense representatives.
Aquash was shot to death in 1975. Her body was found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
John Graham, of Canada’s Yukon territory, and Thelma Rios, of Rapid City, are charged in state court with taking part in the kidnapping and killing of Aquash, a fellow American Indian Movement member from Nova Scotia. Prosecutors have said AIM leaders suspected Aquash was a government informant.
Graham also is charged in federal court but his trial with co-defendant Richard Marshall was delayed so federal prosecutors could ask for a rehearing before the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the dismissal of one of the three counts against Graham.