Chabot Tries to Avoid Testifying
The office of the counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives has filed a motion seeking to quash a subpoena issued to U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati). Chabot’s testimony is sought by five anti-war protesters who conducted a peaceful sit-in at his office Sept. 27, 2006.
Last week Hamilton County Municipal Judge David Stockdale denied a motion by the city of Cincinnati seeking to quash Chabot’s subpoena. Defense attorney William Gallagher successfully argued that, as leaseholder of the office in which the protesters were arrested, Chabot’s testimony is relevant.
During that hearing, Gallagher offered to go to Washington to take Chabot’s testimony in a sworn deposition. Chabot was served with the subpoena three months ago, on Oct. 22, 2006, while campaigning at a Bengals game. Now, at the 11th hour, he claims he is too busy to testify.
Judge Stockdale has scheduled a hearing on the motion by the U.S. House counsel for 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19.
The defendants, scheduled for trial Jan. 22 on a charge of criminal trespassing, are Ellen Dienger, Gregory Flannery, Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen, the Rev, John Rich and Barbara Wolf.
— Gregory Flannery