....non-cooperation with a grand jury is possible but carries great risk.
Despite the fact that witnesses are offered immunity from criminal
prosecution — and thus self-indictment — if they refuse to talk they can
be held in federal custody for 18 months or more for contempt. Two
anarchists in the Pacific Northwest on Friday were released from
federal detention having refused to talk to a grand jury when
subpoenaed — they had been imprisoned for five months for their silence,
kept for long periods in solitary confinement. For Norton, the mother
of a 7-year-old girl, the risk loomed large.
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