Leslie James Pickering & Michael Kuzma

The Case of Leslie James Pickering, Burning Books, and the Earth Liberation Front Press Office

By, Leslie James Pickering & Michael Kuzma, Former Spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office & Solo Legal Practitioner who has represented Leonard Peltier, Jalil Muntaqim, among others


Michael Kuzma is a solo practitioner in Buffalo. He has long viewed the law as being a tool to bring about social, political and economic change. For over three decades, Mike has fought to make government more open and accountable through use of the federal and state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws. He has litigated a number of FOI cases and currently has lawsuits pending against the CIA, FBI and New York State Department of Correctional and Community Supervision (DOCCS). Mike has represented Native American activist and political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, Jalil Muntaqim, Occupy Buffalo and Leslie James Pickering.

Leslie James Pickering was a Founder and Spokesperson for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office, serving as a press liaison for the underground Earth Liberation Front from 1997 through the summer of 2002. During this period the Press Office sustained two raids by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and local law enforcement agencies, responded to over a half dozen grand jury subpoenas, conducted public presentations, produced booklets, newspapers, magazines, and a video on the Earth Liberation Front and handled the public release of communiqués for dozens of the most vital Earth Liberation Front actions.