Court Upholds Chabot Subpoena

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Congressman Steve Chabot will have to testify in the trial of five anti-war protesters accused of trespassing during a sit-in at his office last year. Hamilton County Municipal Judge David Stockdale today denied a motion by lawyers for the city of Cincinnati to quash Chabot’s subpoena.

When the city argued it would be inconvenient for Chabot to return to Cincinnati to testify, our attorney, Bill Gallagher, offered to pay Chabot’s airfare so taxpayers wouldn’t have to bear the expense. Gallagher also offered to travel to Washington, D.C., to take Chabot’s deposition.

The judge denied our motion to have former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared a material witness in the case. We had hoped to question Rumsfeld — and we plan to question Chabot — about the death and destruction caused by the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Because our sit-in was meant to save human lives by ending the war, we believe a jury will rule that we did the right thing.

The case is scheduled for trial Jan. 22. The defendants are the Rev. John Rich, Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen, Ellen Dienger, Barbara Wolf and myself.

— Gregory Flannery

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5 Comments on “Court Upholds Chabot Subpoena”

  1. Gregory Flannery Says:

    Dear b, Please don’t insult Mr. Rumsfeld.

  2. Natasha Says:

    Channels 9 and 12 both covered this story at noon today. It will likely be replayed for the evening news. Channel 9 had the better coverage.

    I didn’t hold out much hope that Rumsfeld would be held accountable, but it is good to know that Chabot will have to appear.

    I find it interesting that the court deemed it would “inconveniet” for Chabot to appear in court. How inconvenient is it for the innocent Iraqi children to have their limbs blown off and their homes destroyed and their families killed off?

  3. CincyRealityCheck Says:

    Here’s an idea: instead of calling names, why don’t we look at the reality of this situation. The Iraq “war” is going on trial because of the reality of what is happening – people are dying.

    Civilians of all kinds (not just Americans), journalists (yes, some people do care about that), soldiers and others that don’t fit into a convenient category, are dying. For what reason?

    And don’t give me the “to rid the world of terrorist” line because they aren’t going to go away. They’ll be around as long as human beings exist, just as they have since before the Boston Tea Party. “Spreading democracy” doesn’t count when the people on which it’s being imposed didn’t ask for it; besides, it sounds like sharing a communicable disease.

    Let’s get down to the REAL reasons.

  4. Sam Robinson Says:

    How considerate of the city to argue in favor of Mr. Chabot’s convenience rather than ask him to defend the part he’s played in causing the deaths of 650,000 Iraqis since the US invasion of Iraq.

    The Lancet’s recent publication of a ‘Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey’ (registration required, PDF here) was dismissed or derided by the dwindling pro-war types who still support Iraq war enablers like Mr. Chabot, but it’s the best estimate of the mortal cost of this disastrous war available anywhere.

    I hope there’s still time to schedule testimony from the study’s authors. Drs. Gilbert Burnham and Les Roberts. They testified convincingly at the Kucinich-Paul Congressional Hearing on Civilian Casualties in Iraq. The hearing was broadcast on CSPAN (video here (scroll down to the bottom), transcript here).

    What is the trial date?

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