Activist ends 6-month stint in county jail.Byline: The Register-Guard
A longtime environmental activist and nursing student from Eugene was released Wednesday from the Josephine County Jail, six months after he refused to cooperate in a federal grand jury investigation of arsons and vandalism by radical environmentalists.
Jeff Hogg Jeff Hogg is a former Australian rules football player who played in the VFL between 1986 and 1993 for the Richmond Football Club and between 1994 and 1996 for the Fitzroy Football Club.. References
His arrest came as federal and state investigators were wrapping up "Operation Backfire Operation Backfire may refer to:
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tr.v. in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing, in·tim·i·dates
1. To make timid; fill with fear.
2. To coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats. activists and to portray legitimate environmental groups as terrorists.
The final defendants among 13 charged with conspiracy in the Backfire case pleaded guilty last week.
Hogg's lawyer, Paul Loney of Portland, said Hogg apparently was named by cooperating defendants in the Backfire case who were making sentence deals. He said Hogg has told prosecutors that he knows nothing about crimes committed by environmental extremists.
Prosecutors are barred from discussing grand jury matters, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Peifer said Hogg may be subpoenaed to a future grand jury if he does not cooperate in ongoing investigations.