Sociologist Is Freed

Sociologist who refused to testify is released

A graduate student in sociology who had been held in Spokane County Jail since May for refusing to answer a grand jury's questions about his research was released last week.

Rik Scarce, a doctoral student at Washington State University and the author of Ecowarriors: Understanding the Radical Environmental Movement (Noble Press, 1990), was released by U.S. District Court Judge W. Fremming Nielsen. Mr. Scarce had spent 159 days in jail.

Judge Nielsen had maintained since