Day 6: Protesters Convicted; Real Crime Ignored
A jury in Hamilton County Municipal Court today found all four of us guilty of trespassing for our anti-war sit-in last year at Congressman Steve Chabot’s office.
Judge David Stockdale sentenced us each to one day in jail, with credit for the time we served after our arrest; six months probation; 20 hours of community service; and court costs.
The entire sentence is on hold, pending appeal. As attorney Louis Sirkin explained after court, First Amendment cases are often lost at the trial court but won on appeal.
The real crime — the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq — went unpunished.
I have great respect and affection for my co-defendants — Ellen Dienger, Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen and Barbara Wolf. They stood for peace and, at trial, they boldly challenged the jury to do the same. We enjoyed a vigorous defense by attorneys committed to upholding our rights under the law. To attorneys Jay Clark, Bill Gallagher, Jennifer Kinsley, Scott Nazzarine and Louis Sirkin, our deep thanks.
— Gregory Flannery