11/26/96 Excerpted from the Chicago Tribune
Steve Hindi walked out of McHenry County Jail Monday afternoon ending his abbreviated 6-month confinement and 11-day-old hunger strike.
Hindi, 42, was released by Judge James Franz on $50,000 bond after an Illinois Appellate Court ruling Friday ordered that Hindi no longer be held without bail.
Hindi had been sentenced by Franz to 6 months without bond on Nov. 6 on a charge of criminal contempt of court, following an Oct. 12 fly-over on a parasail at the Woodstock Hunt Club designed to disrupt hunters gathered below. Protesting his incarceration, Hindi launched a hunger strike Nov. 15.
Thursday, March 5, 1998
Even as the imaginations of many in the Chicago are were captured by recent efforts to save two punctured geese -- one in Tinley Park, the other in Oak Brook, both pierced with arrows fired by sickos -- a man charged criminally with trying to save geese and other birds was sitting in the McHenry County Jail.
By "sickos" I do not mean hunters who go into the wild and, to put food on the table or advance the cause of conservation, stalk and kill living creatures. Taking pleasure from participating in such destruction seems peculiar to me, but not sick.
Animal-rights activist avoids jail, but maintains innocence in protest
Thursday, April 8, 1999
By Kevin Lyons
WOODSTOCK - Animal-rights activist Steve Hindi will not go to jail for testing the bounds of a law designed to protect hunters' rights.
In January, a jury found Hindi, 44, of Geneva, guilty of three counts of unlawful hunter interference for flying a paraglider amid flocks of geese in September 1996 over the now-defunct Woodstock Hunt Club during a protest.
Thursday, April 8, 1999
By Bill Cole
Steve Hindi, the animal rights activist who flew an ultralight craft over the Woodstock Hunt Club, was sentenced to conditional discharge Wednesday for hunter interference.
Although he drew a mild punishment, the Geneva man was anything but contrite.
Not only does he plan an appeal, Hindi also filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Chicago challenging the state's jurisdiction over air space use.
Mark R. Madler
Hindi carried with him a nylon bag containing the paraglider as he left the courtroom of McHenry County Associate Judge Gordon Graham.
Hindi, of south suburban Plano, and his attorneys, Judith and Rick Halprin, said they planned to appeal. Sentencing was set for March 7. Hindi faces up to 180 days in the McHenry County Jail and a $1,500 fine.