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Government to Put Dan Choi on Trial in August

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The government will put Dan Choi on trial in August for chaining himself to the White House last November in protest of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" because Choi refuses to accept a plea deal.

Jane Hamsher at FireDogLake was in the courtroom yesterday:

...Today [Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela ]George faced an equally skeptical Judge Alan Kay, who had little patience for George’s assertions that she did not know until today that Choi was refusing the government’s deal, and was thus unprepared to proceed.  At the the previous hearing, George spent considerable time complaining that Choi was not accepting the government’s deal and removing his name from the settlement documents.

Choi is represented by Kurland and Christopher R. Lynn, who came prepared to argue their case today.  Although Judge Kay said repeatedly he thought it would take a half day for the trial, George said she expected it to take two days, as she was prepared to call multiple witnesses.  She also told Choi’s attorneys that there was no way he could have failed to hear the order to disperse issued by the park service “unless he’s hard of hearing.”

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  1. The house he chained himself to should be his future home. For life.

    Dan Choi for President!

    Posted by: Attmay | Jun 15, 2011 10:54:19 AM

  2. Well, the alternative would be to just excuse his breaking the law, which would be absurd and unfair. He should have taken the plea deal ...

    Posted by: DayvyG | Jun 15, 2011 11:48:09 AM

  3. attmay

    uhm, NO

    choi is quite conservative on all non gay issues

    Anyway; The ASST attorney general attorney Angela sounds like a real winner.

    Posted by: Mstrozfckslv | Jun 15, 2011 12:25:45 PM

  4. The govt has something of a weak case and Choi has the better lawyers.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 15, 2011 12:43:52 PM

  5. "The government has a weak case"

    Really?..He chained himself to the White House, was asked to vacate by police, and then refused. Seems pretty open and shut for the prosecutors to me. He should have taken the plea.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jun 15, 2011 2:24:29 PM

  6. Anyone who thinks it should be illegal to protest in front of the white house is a fascist. Our first amendment clearly protects that.

    Posted by: Ryan | Jun 15, 2011 2:53:39 PM

  7. @Ryan I completely agree with you Ryan. I'm completely astounded that they are wasting time and no doubt money prosecuting Choi. Its absurd! Give him community service(if you must charge him at all) and be done with it! It should not be illegal to protest injustice!

    Posted by: Lazlo | Jun 15, 2011 3:42:37 PM

  8. @Lazlo

    I think you miss the point. Choi was offered a plea deal. (might have been community service or a small fine) This didn't have to go this far. He is demanding a trial.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jun 15, 2011 3:51:47 PM

  9. Be sure to donate BIG to Odumbo next year!

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 15, 2011 8:46:07 PM

  10. Seriously, since when did it become illegal to conduct a civil protest in this country? What is wrong with this country? Seems we have forgotten the very core upon which this nation was founded.

    Posted by: Fantod | Jun 17, 2011 8:25:02 PM

  11. I think most of Choi's gay peers who serve in the military think that he SHOULD go to jail. What he did was wrong and brought great discredit upon the LGBT service members.

    He could have spared himself the trail and any sentence by following the actions of the others who joined him on the fence, all of whom were given slaps on the hand. But he wanted more attention to write his memoirs.

    Posted by: JSS | Aug 10, 2011 7:40:05 PM

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