Lucy's Voice Actress Contempt Conviction Case is Voided
The Associated Press reports that a judge has threw out a contempt-of-court conviction and orders a new trial on Pamelyn Ferdin, the actress who played Laura Gentry on the live-action Filmation series Space Academy, as well as the voice of Lucy Van Pelt in 3 Charlie Brown/Peanuts specials.
Ferdin was facing five days in jail and a $1,000 fine until Wednesday when Judge John Segal voided her conviction in 2008 for violating a court injection that barred harrassment of UCLA faculty members who use animals in their research.
Last June, Ferdin demonstrated outside the home of the school’s primate researcher and handed out fliers that include phone numbers, addresses, and photographs of some of the researchers.
Attorney George Siede argued that Ferdin’s constitutional rights were violated because she wasn’t informed that she had the right to counsel and of her right against self-incrimination before she took the stand.
A new trial against Ferdin is scheduled on April 28, 2009.