Today is the day that a portion of the 376 people who were arrested in front of the White House are going to court to fight our arrest.
Out of the 376, 125 have their appearance day today. The court (Scooter and Karl's court) is expecting about 60 to 70 people to come today to contest the arrest.
We have a team of fine DC lawyers helping us today. My attorney, Jon Norris, has informed me that we could be facing up to a 500.00 fine and/or 6 months in jail.
This seems like a pretty stiff sentence to me for demonstrating without a permit!
I am prepared, but I will not be too thrilled, to serve the maximum sentence. I don't think we will get any jail time, but I am certainly not going to pay the fine either!!
If I wanted to pay the fine, I would have paid the 75.00 original fine and I would not even have to go to court. Then, I will be in contempt of court and may have a whole slew of problems from that. I wonder how Scooter is doing these fine and balmy DC days?
We will try to put on a necessity defense. This is my defense:
My dear, sweet boy was killed in Iraq on 04/04/04. He was murdered by an Iraqi insurgent, but George and his lying band of neocon criminals might as well have pulled the trigger. It has been proven over and over again that the thugs lied us into the invasion and are still lying to maintain the occupation.
On 9/26/05, I knew I was breaking the law by sitting on the White House sidewalk without a permit. But, I was sitting there to call attention to the murderers who live and work there. If not for them, I would still have my son and tens of thousands of innocent people would still be alive. Isn't murder a crime? When are those people going to face justice for their war crimes and crimes against humanity?
Who wants to live free in a world where murderers are allowed to roam free and wreak havoc on innocent citizens and countries?
I know I don't.
We will keep you posted.