P R E S S R E L E A S E November 21, 2008
Contact: Mona Shaw <MonaShaw@aol.com>
FOUR IN ROVE CITIZEN'S ARREST FOUND GUILTY
DES MOINES, IA - The four Iowans arrested while attempting to effectuate a citizen's arrest of Karl Rove were found guilty of trespassing today in Iowa District Court in
On that date the four had presented
Instructions to the jury allowed that a citizen's arrest was potentially justification for the defendants to refuse to leave the property and that if it was reasonable for the defendants to believe the subject of their arrest had committed a felony that then they should find the defendants not guilty. The jury returned a guilty verdict for each defendant nonetheless.
"It's astonishing to me that there are six people who still don't find it reasonable to believe that Karl Rove has committed a felony," defendant Mona Shaw said later. "It shows how much we still need to educate the public."
Sally Frank, attorney for the defendants, said in court that she will file a motion to set aside the verdict and that the verdict will be appealed if the motion is denied.
Judge Colin Witt sentenced three of the defendants to the minimum $65.00 fine plus court costs. One defendant, Kirk Brown, stated he could not in conscience pay the fine and was sentenced to one day in jail instead.
Rove remains unindicted any misconduct during his affiliation with the Bush administration and has refused to cooperate with a Congressional subpoena in the Valerie Plame leak investigation.
To date there have been more than 4200 US Military deaths in Iraq, 900 in Afghanistan, about 70,000 casualties (wounded as well as those removed for other injuries and illnesses), and more than 400,000 Iraqi and Afghani citizens killed and many, many more wounded.
"Polk County jury finds anti-Rove activists guilty" Associated Press - November 21, 2008
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