Note: I am so angry I am having difficulty restraining myself but I
promise that the following is concisely what the PD printed. Remember do
not get pissed at the PD. This was done by Humboldt County and any rath
belongs at that doorstep. - Bob

Pot found in dead activist's blood
By Mike Geniella
Staff writer

EUREKA-- Humboldt County authorities said Wednesday preliminary drug
tests show Earth First! activist David Chain had smoked marijuana
sometime before he was killed by a falling tree while protesting logging
operations by Pacific Lumber Co.

Traces of marijuana linger in the body for 30 days or more, said Coroner
Frank Jager, so its possible that Chain hadn't smoked pot for several
days or even weeks before the Sept. 17 accident.

Despite the positive test, Jager said that he isn't yet able to
determine whether the Austin, Texas man smoked marijuana on the day of
his death.

"We plan to conduct further tests which should allow us to determine
that," Jager said, "But the results could take up to six weeks."

Steven Schectman, an attorney representing Chain's family, criticized
authorities for releasing results of the preliminary drug tests.

"It doesn't mean anything," Schectman said. "He could have smoked a
little pot a month ago. Its just another attempt to smear environmental

Schectman also complained drug tests weren't performed on the logger who
activists believe deliberately cut a tree to fall toward Chain and the
other activists who were protesting timber cutting by Pacific Lumber Co.
at a site near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.

"Why not?" Schectman asked. "Because they assumed from the beginning
that Chain was responsible for his own death."

Chain, 24, died from severe head injuries after being struck by a
falling redwood, according to autopsy results disclosed Wednesday by

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