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Update: Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark testifies at DeWitt trial of Hancock Field drone protesters
Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 8:53 PM Updated: Friday, November 04, 2011, 7:42 AM
Charles Ellis / / The Post-Standard
DeWitt, N.Y. -- Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark testified this evening for about 4 1/2 hours in the trial of 38 protesters arrested in April at the New York Air National Guard base at Hancock Field.
After considerable legal wrangling, DeWitt Justice David Gideon overruled a previous decision that would have kept
The defendants were arrested after they came to the base to protest the MQ-9 Reaper drones, which the 174th Fighter Wing of the guard has been remotely flying over
“Drones inherently violate the laws of the
Clark, 83, has had a varied legal career that stretches from the drafting of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and opposition to the Vietnam War to the defense of Saddam Hussein in
He served as attorney general under President Lyndon Johnson from 1966 to the end of the president’s term in January 1969. He lives now in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of
“We’re firing them into sovereign nations,” he said. “We wouldn’t appreciate that if
In terms of the crimes the accused are charged with,
It’s a non-jury trial, so Gideon alone will decide if the defendants are guilty of the disorderly conduct charges accusing them of blocking vehicular and pedestrian traffic and refusing to obey a police order to disperse from in front of the base during their April 22 protest.
Gideon said he would wait to see how the trial progresses before determining whether to issue a verdict from the bench at the end of the trial or to reserve decision and issue a written verdict.