UPDATE: Day 4 of trial and final day to attend court in support of activist will be Friday, Oct. 28th, room 219 at 10am
This is an update and reminder to let you know that 19 people, including a WWII vet, several Vietnam combat veterans, and Dorothy Day CWr Art Laffin, will be tried on Tuesday October 25th before Judge Russell Canan, in D.C. Superior Court, Rm. 219. If you are local, please stop by–your support is very important and necessary. We continue to keep our eyes on the prize! And hold on!
The March 19th
action raised issues of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the cost of the wars to American society, and the continued detention of whistleblower Bradley
Manning. One hundred thirteen persons were arrested on the White House sidewalk by US Park Police, and 19 of those will proceed to a trial. The co-defendants will participate in a bench trial before Judge Russell F. Canan, Jr., Associate Judge of the DC Superior Court. The charges include: Failure to Obey a Lawful Order, and blocking/incommoding a sidewalk. They will argue that they were properly petitioning their government under the First Amendment to change its policies of war and aggression, and related defenses. They will present their defense pro se, assisted by attorney-advisors Ann Wilcox, Deborah Anderson and Mark Goldstone.
The co-defendants will hold a rally and press conference at 8:15 a.m. in front of DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave., NW, and then proceed to Courtroom 313 for the trial which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The trial is expected to last all day Tuesday and probably extend into Wednesday.