“Lucy” from “Peanuts” Faces Jail Over Animal Activism

Woman who was the voice of Lucy protested at UCLA faculty members' homes despite injunction

An animal rights activist who was the voice of "Lucy" in several "Peanuts" television specials has been convicted of contempt of court for violating an injunction barring the harassment of University of California, Los Angeles faculty members who research on animals.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Thursday found that Pamelyn Ferdin violated the injunction by demonstrating outside the researchers' home in June and distributing fliers that included their photographs, home address and phone numbers.

Ferdin faces up to five days in jail and a maximum $1,000 fine when she is sentenced Nov. 18.

She said she planned to appeal her conviction.

"I have every right to hand out the leaflets," she said.

UCLA sought the injunction earlier this year after the researchers received threatening phone calls and their homes were targeted with firebombing and flooding. No arrests have been made in those incidents and Ferdin said she had nothing to do with them.

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