Activist and friend of Firedoglake Lt. Dan Choi will be back in court on March 28th for protesting Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 2010 – and we want you to be there. That’s right, the U.S. government is still prosecuting Lt. Dan nearly three years later — for chaining himself to the White House fence [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday September 24, 2012 9:12 am|
This Wednesday at 11am there will be a pre-trial hearing in DC Superior Court to determine whether Choi can offer a defense of selective prosecution by the government, and First Amendment protection for his right of free speech.
Former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had been avoiding subpoenas, but over the weekend he was served at his son’s baseball game. Last week the Department of Justice accepted service for Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to the President.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday January 24, 2012 8:33 am|
Looking forward to hearing the government’s excuse as to why out of 1250 people arrested at the White House during the Keystone XL Pipeline Tar Sands action last August, Dan Choi was singled out for prosecution.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 10, 2011 12:47 pm|
The Obama administration will likely soon announce that the State Department will consider an alternative route for the Keystone XL Pipeline. If that happens, it will likely delay any decision on the pipeline until after the 2012 election. From USA Today: The State Department is preparing to announce its decision that it will explore a [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday November 7, 2011 10:10 am|
I was as at the White House once again yesterday protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline along with many of the folks I was arrested with on September 9 including Dan Choi, Jessica, Ari, Scarecrow and Bill McKibben. It was really gratifying us to see that our relatively small crew of 65 who were handcuffed, hauled off in paddy wagons and sent to jail with zero media attention that first day had now swelled to a crowd of over 12,000 that the media could not ignore.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 31, 2011 5:09 pm|
At the beginning of Day 3 of the government’s case against Dan Choi, the defense filed a motion to compel production of certain documents. Among them was a Secret Service email sent the day before Choi’s arrest on November 15, 2010 for chaining himself to the fence of the White House with 12 others in order to protest Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Defense attorneys Robert Feldman and Norman Kent asserted that there was a coordinated effort among federal agencies to use the power of the government to single out Choi and persecute him in order to silence him. Judge John Facciola decided in favor of the defense, saying that he believed a prima facie case had been made that the government was engaging in “vindictive prosecution” of Choi.
Assistant US Attorney Angela George asked for a recess while she conferred with her supervisors at the Department of Justice. Following a 2 hour break, the trial resumed. There were four Supervising US Attorneys present as George informed the Judge that she was filing a writ of mandamus to prevent him from allowing Choi’s attorneys to present a defense of “defensive prosecution” or “vindictive prosecution.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 31, 2011 1:53 pm|
In a remarkable turn of events, the Department of Justice has elected to file a writ of mandamus to prevent Judge John Facciola from allowing Dan Choi from offering a “selective prosecution” or “vindictive prosecution” defense. The government elected to pursue federal charges against Choi and 12 others for chaining themselves to the White House fence on November 15, 2010 to protest Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 29, 2011 8:14 pm|
There were several jaw-dropping moments from the Dan Choi trial today, but none more dramatic than the moment Lt. LaChance of the Park Police admitted he was advised by Solicitor Randolph Myers of the Department of Interior to press federal charges against the DADT protesters on November 15 — three hours before they began protesting.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 24, 2011 3:49 pm|
The same thing that happened to Alice Paul and the suffragettes is happening to Dan Choi, his fellow DADT protesters, and now Bill McKibben and the Tar Sands protesters. I do not know how anyone could argue with a straight face that laws written to control traffic are not being selectively enforced to punish free speech when it embarrasses the President, just as they were in Woodrow Wilson’s time. And the minute that the law is selectively enforced by those in power in order to persecute their political critics, those people that the government incarcerate become political prisoners.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 22, 2011 8:38 am|
Dan Choi, Bill McKibben and Scarecrow have now spent two nights in jail courtesy of the DC police for an offense that routinely equates to a parking ticket. According to Ted Glick over at Grist, the orders to hold them came from “higher up.”
sequence. Let him know that people who care about the environment, from conservative Nebraska ranchers to urban climate change activists, oppose this rapacious act of oil company greed.