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'DADT' Activists Arrested on White House Fence Head to Court, Face Charge That Carries Six-Month Jail Sentence

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The 13 activists arrested for chaining themselves to the White House fence on November 15 in a protest against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy have a court date tomorrow, and face a charge which hasn't been brought in a civil disobedience case since 2006, the Washington Post reports:

The group — including gay rights leaders, a Catholic priest and eight veterans discharged for breaking the ban on openly gay and lesbian troops — were arrested Nov. 15 and previously declined to plead guilty to violating the orders of a federal law enforcement officer.

Mark Goldstone, the group’s attorney, said his research suggests it’s the first time prosecutors have ever used the charge against protesters at federal sites anywhere in the District.

Names and information about the activists can be found on my post from that day.

The charge carries a six-month jail sentence, according to the WaPo.

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  1. Will Michael Bedwell get to take his picture of Leonard Matlovich with him to jail? You know he never goes anywhere without it.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 17, 2011 6:30:54 PM

  2. i hope they don't have to go to jail for standing against an abominable law

    Posted by: r | Mar 17, 2011 7:39:40 PM

  3. Any half-decent lawyer will be able to get this dismissed.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 18, 2011 6:56:15 AM

  4. I don't see why this should even be against the law. After all, they are not obstructing traffic or threatening violence. The White House belongs to the people, and the people should be able to protest as they see fit.

    Posted by: hank | Mar 18, 2011 7:35:55 AM

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