June 23, 2009
Contact: Pete Perry, 202-631-0974
Pete Perry (National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance), Laurie Arbiter (Activist Response Team), Robert Diesu (Our Spring Break and Campus Progress), and Michelle Grise (National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance) won their case Monday, stemming from the March of the Dead protest January 6, 2009 inside the Hart Senate Office Building. They were honoring the dead killed in
In the trial, three of them defended themselves pro se and one was represented by an attorney. They won largely by virtue of government incompetence, including the destruction of the police video of the action, and lost notes--the testifying officer said they "went away"--taken by the arresting officer who was testifying. It is a necessity to ask for *all* discovery, including notes taken by police witnesses. Under Jenks, they are absolutely compelled to produce such notes.
It became apparent that Judge Rufus King was less than a minute from dismissing the case or acquitting the group (he quoted Jenks to the packed court room), when the prosecutor, Elizabeth Myers, said she was nullifying the cases of Disorderly Conduct and Unlawful Assembly against us. They were prepared to put on a vigorous defense, including bringing in a star witness,
Afterward, Laurie and Robby read their powerful sentencing statements to many of the supporters. The defendants want to thank all for the ongoing support. Pete Perry believes the strength of the peace and justice movement comes from the solidarity of the community.
On June 25, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance will lead a delegation to the Dept. of Justice shortly after 12 noon, demanding prosecution of war criminals, starting at the top with Bush and Cheney. On October 4 and 5, the 8th "anniversary" of the war and subsequent occupation of
Pete Perry likes to make it clear to the peace and justice community that our actions are not civil disobedience, but civil resistance. Our intention is not to "get arrested," but to highlight and call for the cessation of the crimes committed by our own government. He sees the actions as an upholding of the Law. He believes that together we can bring about peace with justice in our time. Go to www.nogoodwar.org.
Citizens Face Prosecution for Speaking Against Wars
Contact: Laurie Arbeiter 917-915-6115, Carole Ashley 917-881-1554, Pete Perry 202-631-0974, David Swanson 202-329-7847
WHAT: Four of the people featured in this report by Bill Moyers' Journal in January ( http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/01092009/watch3.html ) face prosecution for disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.
WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2009, 9:00 a.m. ET.
WHERE: Before Judge Richard H. Ringell in the Superior Court of the
BACKGROUND: On January 6, 2009, the first day of the 111th Congress, seventy people came to
The question must be asked, especially, in light of the release of "torture memos" and all the other mounting evidence of crimes committed by the Bush administration: Why are people being prosecuted for speaking against crimes committed by government officials who remain free from prosecution themselves?