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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:31 PM

For those following the trial of Lt. Dan Choi: CHARGES DISMISSED!!

Via email:

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CHARGES DISMISSED!

After one and a half years of criminal trial looming over my head, a totally unconstitutional "stay away" restraining order from the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave (The White House) and too many friends telling me not to fight back, the Judge dismissed the case. Forever.

Judge Juliet McKenna, Associate Judge of DC Superior Court sternly rebuked the prosecution and the many prosecutors in the audience that such sloppy mistakes and unjust outcomes are unacceptable. (Prosecutors contend it was a sloppy mistake and hide behind the different research methods they use to target certain defendants and not others.)

Another interesting development: The judge did indeed find a sufficient basis to hear the testimony of the prosecutor himself, as it related to a LIMITED selective prosecution claim. As it was so limited, the only evidence she would hear was the prosecutor. Polished and well rehearsed, the Assistant Attorney General Farrelly seemed to convince the judge he just screwed up. Although this limitation prevented us from diving into the true political motivations of keeping protestors away from the White House, I am happy the numerous prosecutors who rallied to support the Government's case learned that some defendants in Free Speech cases do not give up.

Successful Selective Prosecution claims are rare because most lawyers refuse to submit them. That was the case for me until my friend, fellow activist, former Army JAG Capt. Jim Pietragelo II, Esq. decided to help me file one.

Now, the exceedingly rare has happened twice in my protest journey. (Judge Facciola in Federal Court found a prima facie case for vindictive prosecution last year in my DADT fight.) A prima facie finding basically means the judge decided I have a significant case for selective prosecution. It's higher than a colorable basis
or other related findings. This is significant.

Out of 1,253 environmental protestors Lt. Choi was targeted for trial and jail. Out of 65 first-day protestors Lt. Choi was targeted for trial. Out of 3 charged, Lt. Choi was disallowed "post-and-forfeit" diversion.

The prosecution wasted thousands of hours and dollars on this free speech circus. Now the Stay Away Restraining Order is lifted. I am free to help protestors for any worthy causes make their voices heard. Today we define justice as a verb. For in the very pursuit, there is justice.

Thank you to the Law Offices of Jon W. Norris, The Law Offices of Lynne Bernabei, Attorneys Mark Goldstone, Ann Wilcox, CPT James E. Pietrangelo, Arthur Spitzer of DC ACLU, and everyone of the lawyers who stepped up to help. To those who did not, Let's see what we can all do, together, to enact justice from this time forward. I appreciate the work of the prosecutors as well, for they do serve a very important purpose in our society. Thank you for your service. (emphasis from original email)

One more trial: The Don't Ask Don't Tell Criminal Case still languishes in Federal Court.

Love is still worth fighting for.

Sincerely,

Lt. Dan Choi

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Reply For those following the trial of Lt. Dan Choi: CHARGES DISMISSED!! (Original post)
WilliamPitt Dec 2012 OP
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #1
PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #2
JohnnyLib2 Dec 2012 #3
MotherPetrie Dec 2012 #4
madfloridian Dec 2012 #5
ChisolmTrailDem Dec 2012 #6
HowHasItComeToThis Dec 2012 #7
spanone Dec 2012 #8
idwiyo Dec 2012 #9
sdfernando Dec 2012 #10
dmr Dec 2012 #11
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #12
valerief Dec 2012 #13
Duval Dec 2012 #14
Smilo Dec 2012 #15
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trailmonkee Dec 2012 #16
LoisB Dec 2012 #17
ReRe Dec 2012 #18
annabanana Dec 2012 #19
blackspade Dec 2012 #20
forestpath Dec 2012 #21
WillyT Dec 2012 #22
mountain grammy Dec 2012 #23
DonCoquixote Dec 2012 #24
mythology Dec 2012 #39
merrily Dec 2012 #43
Bluenorthwest Dec 2012 #25
WilliamPitt Dec 2012 #27
rhett o rick Dec 2012 #34
handmade34 Dec 2012 #26
gateley Dec 2012 #28
Gregorian Dec 2012 #29
dsc Dec 2012 #30
Jefferson23 Dec 2012 #32
Jefferson23 Dec 2012 #31
rocktivity Dec 2012 #33
myrna minx Dec 2012 #35
Overseas Dec 2012 #36
kelliekat44 Dec 2012 #37
Spitfire of ATJ Dec 2012 #38
patrice Dec 2012 #40
woo me with science Dec 2012 #41
grahamhgreen Dec 2012 #42
npk Dec 2012 #44

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:33 PM

1. K&R

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:34 PM

2. Congrats to him. n/t

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:35 PM

3. Really good news in a really bad week.


K & R

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:35 PM

4. Yay!!!! K&R

 

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:38 PM

5. Thanks for that post. It's about time.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:40 PM

6. Great news! eom

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:42 PM

7. BRAVO

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:43 PM

8. k&r...

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:45 PM

9. K&R best news I saw today

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:49 PM

10. Great news! /NT

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:50 PM

11. Awesome! It's about damn time.

I hope he has a wonderful life.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:58 PM

12. K&R

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:02 PM

13. Terrific news! nt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:09 PM

14. Finally!! n/t

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:10 PM

15. Wonderful news.

Thanks for posting

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:20 PM

16. .

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:30 PM

17. Good news

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 04:42 PM

18. What the world needs now,

K&R

Is love sweet love,
not just for some,
but for EVERYONE!

Congratulations to Lt Dan Choi on his 1st hurdle. Hope the next one turns out in his favor too!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:09 PM

19. This is great.. And well deserved. . .n/t

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:48 PM

20. Fuck yeah!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:56 PM

21. GOOD. Very happy to hear this. It's a travesty he was ever put through this ordeal!

 

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:59 PM

22. K & R !!!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:17 PM

23. Good news of the day.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:19 PM

24. I guess the moral arc of the universe

does go towards justice.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #24)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:24 PM

39. Indeed it does

but sometimes it has to be dragged kicking and screaming toward justice.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #24)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 01:12 PM

43. On occasion, yes.

ETA: He lost his chosen career and has been put through hell for a few years maliciously and selectively. And after a few years, he doesn't get punished anymore, but he does not get his chosen career back, either.

I don't know if that is justice by everyone's definition of justice.

Maybe he will get to sue and get big bucks from taxpayers? I am not sure that would be justice, either.

Will the people who actually did this to him being held personally accountable in any way, apart from some harsh words from the judge? I don't think so.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #25)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:23 PM

27. Wow

All due respect, but...

Either:

1. You hoard links to DU posts that piss you off and have them cataloged for easy reference and reprint, or;

2. You took the time to go find all those DU2 posts.

I have this:

3. It's a web forum swarming with asshole opinions. Don't take it so seriously.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #25)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:27 PM

34. What is your point? nm

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:14 PM

26. !!

had the pleasure of joining him at a protest in DC last year

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:40 PM

28. Thank you! I hadn't been following, but this makes me so happy! I LIKE him so much!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:22 PM

29. Great news! I'm having an intermission from the 1935 Les Miserables movie. Yay!

That's a good present.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:25 PM

30. good for him

Selective prosecution is damn hard to win. I might bookmark this thread just in case I ever need a good defense lawyer since those ones must be geniuses.

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Response to dsc (Reply #30)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:29 PM

32. I agree, they're impressive to say the least. n/t

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 09:28 PM

31. All the best to Lt. Dan Choi. K&R

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:01 PM

33. SIR! CUE THE VONAGE THEME, SIR!


rocktivity

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:27 PM

35. Excellent. K&R n/t

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:29 PM

36. K&R. Glad to hear it.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:38 PM

37. HOORAY!!!!! nt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:10 PM

38. Love this guy....

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:06 AM

40. K&R !

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:23 AM

41. K&R!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:33 PM

42. Great! Now go run for office!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 03:34 PM

44. Congrats, Choi. n/t

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