War is Focus of Cincinnati Trial

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The war in Iraq, which has divided the country, will be put before a jury in Cincinnati this week.

Protesters arrested in a sit-in at Congressman Steve Chabot’s office plan to introduce evidence about the suffering of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

The trespassing trial, scheduled for three days, begins with jury selection at 1 p.m. Monday, March 5, before Hamilton County Municipal Judge David Stockdale.

A team of volunteer attorneys represents the protesters, who refused to leave Chabot’s office unless he signed the Congressional Declaration of Peace. The protesters plan a necessity defense, persuading a jury that their actions were justified because they acted to save human lives.

The defendants — Ellen Dienger, Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen, the Rev. John Rich, Barbara Wolf and I — plan to testify and present other witnesses and evidence. The trial is expected to last three days.

— Gregory Flannery

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One Comment on “War is Focus of Cincinnati Trial”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    I’m using this day to send prayers and practices to all the protestors. I applaud their choices and methods.

    Someday, the people who have opposed this war from the beginning will be recognized as champions.

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