April 22, 2008
Charges against Steve Kurtz dropped.It was almost exactly four years ago that artist Steve Kurtz woke up to a relentless, how-bad-can-it-get nightmare. His wife, Hope, a fellow member of the Critical Art Ensemble, had died in her sleep. When Kurtz called 911, the ambulance crew noticed the materials CAE was working with in preparation for an exhibit protesting US food policies. They called Homeland Security, who promptly arrested Kurtz and confiscated, well, everything. Via David Pescovitz at Boing Boing comes welcome news that US District Judge Richard Arcara has dropped the charges. The AP: "'Obviously this is a weight off his back, but he still had to suffer through this for four years,' said Kurtz's attorney, Paul Cambria. 'The last thing this guy is is a bioterrorist.'" You may recall that Lynn Hershman Leeson made a film based on the case, Strange Culture (site), featuring Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote and Thomas Jay Ryan. It screened at Sundance in 07 before David D'Arcy caught it in Berlin.
Posted by dwhudson at April 22, 2008 2:25 AM