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Activist Steve Hindi out of jail on $50,000 bond

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.

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In hunters' world, free speech is a lame duck

Thursday, March 5, 1998

The Chicago Tribune

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.

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Hindi to pay fine for hunter interference

Animal-rights activist avoids jail, but maintains innocence in protest
Thursday, April 8, 1999
Northwest Herald
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.

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Animal rights activist gets mild sentence, then files lawsuit, vows appeal

Thursday, April 8, 1999
Daily Herald
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.

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Activist guilty of interfering with hunt

January 15,1999
Mark R. Madler
Chicago Tribune


Animal-rights activist Steve Hindi was found guilty Thursday of interfering with hunters be flying a motorized paraglider toward a flock of geese to keep them from being shot.

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.

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