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  1. #1 "UC is really vindictive,They don't have this kind of money." 
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    UC hits tree-sitters with expensive surprise

    "Tough Bubbies,It's Time To Pay The Piper TreeHumpers"

    Berkeley's infamous tree-sitters have been hit with a rude surprise since they came down to earth: Judges are socking them with thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees.

    "It's really vindictive," said an attorney for some the sitters, Dennis Cunningham. "They don't have this kind of money."

    Ironically, much of the money - which could total more than $10,000 per sitter - is going straight to the University of California, the very institution the tree-sitters were protesting as they tried to save a grove of trees outside Memorial Stadium.

    "It's really vindictive," said an attorney for some the sitters, Dennis Cunningham. "They don't have this kind of money."

    Maybe, but university lawyer Michael Goldstein isn't making any apologies.

    "We've asked the judge to throw the book at them," Goldstein said flatly.

    UC Berkeley estimates it spent more than $800,000 on police and other security measures during the 22 months sitters were up in the trees. The university spent $40,000 alone on the scaffolding that went up around the final tree during the last day of the protest this month.

    Now, the school wants its pound of flesh.

    So far, most of the 15 to 20 protesters arrested in the past year have been hit with fines of about $100 for trespassing and little or no jail time.

    Once they were back on the street, however, the university hauled them back into court on contempt charges for violating an order issued in October by Judge Richard Keller of Alameda County Superior Court that banned people from sitting in the trees or doing anything to help the protesters already up in the branches.

    Protesters Eric Eisenberg, Michael Schuck, Gregg Horton, Terri Slanetz and Matthew Taylor were found guilty last month of violating Keller's injunction. Each was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, and two were sentenced to serve five extra days in jail.

    The university is also seeking as much as $10,000 from each of them for its attorney fees.

    Five more protesters are to go to trial on contempt charges Oct. 1, and UC plans to file a contempt complaint against six others later this month - including the final four tree-sitters who came down Sept. 9.
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    They should have to pay the university back. UC used taxpayer money to keep them from breaking their precious little skulls if they fell out of their trees.

    Now if Berkeley cops could also get compensated from the same funds for the pain and suffering of dealing with the idiots day and and day out.
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