Carol Jodar, key figure in 1984 City of Hope case
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2013: (Actually published on November 20, 2013.)
Carol Williams Jodar, 66, of Bozeman, Montana, died on September 21, 2013 after fighting multiple sclerosis for more than 30 years while raising two children, serving with her husband Bruce on the boards of the Williams Foundation and Jodar Family Foundation, and supporting many animal, environmental, and performing arts charities. Recalled People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals founder Ingrid Newkirk in Free The Animals: The Amazing True Story of The Animal Liberation Front (2000), “The Jodars were young, ethical, and had family money. When they first heard about the Aleutian Island seal kill, they went there to document it…When they returned, they moved closer to the marine mammal protection organizations in the San Francisco Bay area. Bruce volunteered for Greenpeace, helped out at the California Marine Mammal Center, and financed a newsletter,” but Carol was stricken with MS. Based on a remark Carol allegedly made to a babysitter, Newkirk wrote, “Bruce was charged with the December 9, 1984 burglary of the City of Hope National Medical Research Center, as well as one count of receiving stolen property. Their lawyers convinced them to refuse all offers of support from the animal protection community, fearing that such associations, although already well established, might turn the judge against them. Stress aggravated Carol’s condition and she worsened steadily. When she could no longer walk, and attorney’s fees had topped $50,000, Bruce took his lawyers’ advice and accepted a plea of nolo contender, or ‘no contest.’ He trusted the judge would allow him to remain free to care for Carol and the children. Judge Scott Snowden did just that, fining Bruce and Carol $10,000 each and giving them probation for three years, during which time they could not be involved in animal rights.” Relocating to Bozeman in 1992, the Jodars became active for several years in support of the Gallatin County Humane Society, which later merged with the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter to become the Heart of the Valley Humane Society.