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Dan Choi Found Guilty, Fined $100 for White House 'DADT' Protest

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Dan Choi, who went back to federal court today facing six months in prison or a $5,000 fine for an obscure infraction of Parks and Wildlife federal regulations related to a November 2010 'DADT' protest at the White House, was found guilty and fined $100, the Washington Post reports:

But in court on Thursday, Choi’s erratic demeanor swung from emotional outbursts at the lectern to belligerent confrontations with a U.S. Park Police officer and the federal prosecutor. Dressed in a military uniform, Choi paced the courtroom, serving as his own lawyer.

“All I want at the end of this day is to return to the U.S. military,” Choi said through tears.

Choi, who is not trained as an attorney, alternated between whispered apologies for his teary breakdowns and loud rebukes of Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela George for failing to refer to him as a lieutenant.“Please remember where you are,” Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola cautioned after Choi used vulgar slang. “That may be appropriate in the barracks. It’s not appropriate here.”

Politic365 adds:

During the trial, Lt. Choi broke down and was carried out of the DC courtroom. He was transported to a nearby VA Hospital.

Choi was supported in court by the activists arrested with him in 2010, and by British activist Peter Tatchell. This morning Choi met his supporters at the front of the White House before heading over to his trial.

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  1. I just wish him the best and hope he gets well soon. He gave 1,000% of himself to the military and to gay causes over the past several years, and if it's taken a toll on him, the least we can do is be compassionate and say "Thank you."

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 28, 2013 11:26:22 PM


  2. Jesus, he doesn't have a lover. Somebody please put a 24-hour suicide watch on him. We can't afford to lose him this early! Please, anybody - save him!

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Mar 29, 2013 1:28:54 AM


  3. Sad tho the reality may be, his mental health would be a lot better served if he'd let go of his dream to return to active service.

    The military is a lot like porn. Out of all the people that enter into it, very few have what it take to make a life-long career out of it.

    Posted by: FFS | Mar 29, 2013 4:16:15 AM


  4. You know if he has a face like say Thomas Roberts or Anderson Cooper, I'm sure some of the superficial queens in here would have a different comments. We do get our share of uneducated bunch on our side.

    Posted by: bambinoitalianoba | Mar 29, 2013 8:52:35 AM


  5. I've heard dozens of stories about Choi, and I've seen him in person on a few occasions, and I don't think he's stable ... and of course he should be prosecuted, he turned down a settlement that basically said "just dont get arrested for the next 3 months" ... $100 is more than fair.

    Posted by: reality | Mar 29, 2013 9:52:11 AM


  6. Why did this even go to trial?

    Why have none of the bankers who robbed this country blind been sent to trial?

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 29, 2013 10:05:20 AM


  7. I am glad to see that comments are much generous towards Dan this time around. I feel that folks have been very critical of him in the past. I agree that he needs time out of the public spotlight to rest and recover. He has been under an enormous amount of pressure and I hope with this trial behind him he can finally focus on his personal issues. I met Dan two or three years ago when he spoke at the Boston's Mens Event. He spent about 20 mins talking with me and I was greatly inspired. But it was also clear how much he has personally sacrificed to help our cause. Let's give him the support he deserves and see that he pulls through this very difficult time.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 29, 2013 10:10:07 AM


  8. She is clearly Cray Cray and needs pills

    Posted by: Whatever | Mar 29, 2013 4:53:26 PM


  9. I have a feeling any options to reject a plea were rejected by Dan Choi and not by the prosecutors. He wanted the pulpit. He got it. And should be embarrassed.

    That said, he certainly has the right to demand a trial and reject the plea. Don't yell that it is somehow the government's fault.

    Posted by: FancyPants | Mar 29, 2013 5:18:23 PM


  10. Considering he's apparently glued into that uniform even when he emphatically should not be wearing it, my sympathy over a $100 fine is pretty minimal. I'm glad he brought attention to our issues (I'm gay Army too), but I could not be less of a fan of his means of doing it.

    Posted by: Drew | Mar 30, 2013 3:44:15 PM


  11. Drew - what have you been doing about "it"? Are you just as visible and vocal or are those armchair criticisms?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 30, 2013 4:16:59 PM


  12. I don't think that Dan did anything wrong, or that he "broke the law". If he wants to pay and foreit, that's fine, but he has no particular reason to "admit" he was "wrong" and pay $100, and say sorry.
    What he did is fine, is normal protest, despite the attempts of the bouncers to get him to move along.
    Or does anyone out there feel that he stepped over the bounds of behavior that our revolutionary forefathers intended?

    Posted by: Martin Gugino | Apr 1, 2013 5:30:04 PM


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