War is Focus of Cincinnati Trial
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