Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gitmo35 Trial

Good luck to everybody in DC Superior Court. I wish I could be there for what might be the last day of their trial--yesterday went very well, I thought, and the defense was hopeful that they could present five witnesses (all defendants) and give their closing in fairly short order.

I was looking for coverage online and found a few brief pieces. Not much new, but I figured folks might want links to see how the trial is being reported:
  • Post-Standard (Syracuse): Guantanamo protest puts CNY man on trial
  • Legal Times: Protesters on Trial for Demonstration at Supreme Court
  • ACSBlog: Guantanamo Prisoner Protestors On Trial Over High Court Demonstration
I'll note the prosecutor seemed to be fairly good at establishing a connection between defendants to show they were trying to bring attention to "a movement," which is the crux of the law they are accused of violating:
It is unlawful to parade, stand, or move in processions or assemblages in the Supreme Court Building or grounds, or to display in the Building and grounds a flag, banner, or device designed or adapted to bring into public notice a party, organization, or movement.
I could see a suppressed smirk on her face when she would ask, "where did you get the orange jumpsuits?" At least she hasn't tried to charge them with sedition...



Hecate said...

Has this law ever been used against the anti-abortion protestors?

CODEPINK said...

Not that I'm aware of. Have any such groups staged a protest on the SCOTUS grounds?

CODEPINK said...

Oh, sorry, this is ntodd. Forgot I'm still signed in as codepink...

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