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February 26, 2005

Jostling

I don't know the local attorney involved, but I don't have to; nor was I present at the August rally for President Bush. The attorney claims he stepped off the curb, cordoned off for the motorcade, to try to represent two women who were being arrested while protesting in the path of the motorcade (which had not yet begun). He was arrested in the process. A six-member jury convicted him yesterday for resisting arrest, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

The attorney claims he was trying to prevent one of the women from making incriminating statements, and was talking to two state police sergeants when a third appeared to arrest him. Meanwhile, a videotape showed several people crossing the road without being pushed back or arrested.

The initial police report made no mention of "resisting arrest," and one officer's report was not written until January of this year. The judge in the case threw out two charges: "attempted resisting arrest and obstructing", and "jostling." In other words, prove the attorney actually resisted arrest and actually obstructed. But jostling? Jostling? The arresting officer claimed the attorney was screaming "I'm an attorney," and "seemed to be very angry." Well, yeah.

In the week following the President's visit, there were letters to the editor about protesters spitting on babies, and screaming obscenities at the President's supporters. There were probably a few shameful incidents. Did this sway public opinion about this attorney?

These days, as found recently in a study conducted by the University of Connecticut, there are too many young people willing to surrender their first amendment rights to the government. Some of them are even bucking the beliefs in the first amendment rights held by their parents. Reporters are being arrested for doing their jobs, and newspapers must use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information for citizens' right to know. Huge fishnets are thrown over demonstrators at the Republican Convention, despite their peaceful protest in the area so designated by local authorities. Women's medical records are being subpoenaed in a huge invasion of a right to privacy.

Jostling. Since when?

Posted by Gadflygirl at February 26, 2005 12:49 PM

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