- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (AP) - A Los Angeles County judge has voided a contempt conviction and ordered a new trial for an animal rights activist who was the voice of Lucy in several “Peanuts” TV specials.

Defense attorney George Seide (SYE-dee) says Pamelyn Ferdin faced up to five days in jail and a $1,000 fine until Wednesday, when Santa Monica Superior Court Judge John Segal reversed her 2008 conviction and set a new trial for April 28.

Last year, Ferdin demonstrated outside the home of a university primate researcher and handed out fliers with researchers’ personal information. She was convicted of violating an injunction issued previously against other animal activists.

The 50-year-old Ferdin was the voice of Lucy in “Peanuts” TV specials in 1969 and 1971.

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