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Sheehan Gets Wrist Slap For Riot At UN

From her friends and allies at Pravda:

[AP caption:] Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, center, raises her arms in celebration after delivering an anti-Iraq war petition to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 in New York. Earlier in the day Sheehan and three others were convicted in Manhattan Criminal Court of trespassing after trying to deliver the same petition last March.

Cindy Sheehan convicted of trespassing


Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of the Iraq war after her son was killed in the conflict, left a courthouse convicted of trespassing and redelivered the petitions that originally led to her legal trouble.

Sheehan and three other women were acquitted on Monday of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing government administration but were convicted of trespassing for leading a protest across the street from the United Nations. They had faced up to a year in jail if convicted of all counts.

A judge sentenced them to conditional discharge, which means they will not face any punishment as long as they do not get arrested in the next six months. The judge also ordered them to pay $95 (72 euros) in court surcharges.

"We should have just gotten a desk appearance ticket, but they piled on our charges so we had to stay all night in (jail) that night," Sheehan said after the verdict. "Twenty-five soldiers were killed last week while we were in court wasting our time."

Sheehan and about 100 other members of a group called Global Exchange were rebuffed last March when they attempted to take a petition with some 72,000 signatures to the U.S. Mission’s headquarters near the United Nations.

Sheehan and the defendants ignored police orders to leave and were reading the petition aloud on the sidewalk when police moved in. The women sat on the sidewalk and were carried to patrol wagons.

Prosecutors said they were arrested after ignoring police orders to disperse.

After the verdict, the women immediately left the courthouse and headed for the U.S. Mission to redeliver the petitions and ask for an apology.

They were met in the lobby of the building by Richard A. Grenell, director of external affairs for the U.S. Mission, and Peggy Kerry, the mission’s liaison for non-governmental organizations and sister of Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and former presidential candidate.

Grenell said the document he accepted was 1 1/2 pages, double-spaced and contained 32 names signed with an aqua blue marker. He said they presented this to him after apparently being unable to find the petition that the women had said contained some 72,000 signatures.

In explaining why he accepted a document from the group this time around, Grenell said, "We accept petitions every single day, even without an appointment. What we don’t do is accept them in front of a staged media event."

Kerry refused to meet with the women in the presence of Sheehan and the news media during the earlier protest. She testified during the trial that the presentation seemed like a publicity stunt.

Sheehan, 49, of Vacaville, California, lost her 24-year-old son Casey in Iraq in April 2004. She has since drawn international attention after camping outside President Bush’s Texas ranch to protest the war, the AP reports.

"Christmas time is hard for me because that’s the last time I saw my son," she said Monday. "Could you imagine that a family would have to suffer for the rest of their lives? Christmas is never going to be happy for them. Christmas will never be happy for me again."

The jury trial began Dec. 5 in Manhattan Criminal Court. Sheehan’s co-defendants were Melissa Beattie, 57, of New York; Patricia Ackerman, 48, of Nyack, New York, and Susan "Medea" Benjamin, 54, of San Francisco.

None of the reports that I have seen mention Cindy Sheehan’s many previous arrests. (Indeed, she was recently arrested for throwing a pro-Iran petition over the White House fence.) Nor do any of our one party media reports note that Cindy has been let off with wrist-slaps or even less several times before.

This article does point out a humorous touch:

Grenell said the document he accepted was 1 1/2 pages, double-spaced and contained 32 names signed with an aqua blue marker. He said they presented this to him after apparently being unable to find the petition that the women had said contained some 72,000 signatures.

So either Sheehan and company lied about the original petition or they lost that very valuable historical document and had to substitute another one. Yet they constantly insist that President Bush is a "liar" and "incompetent."

Cindy Sheehan and Medea Benjamin hold up their pro-terrorists petition for the cameras in front of the UN last March.

Note too that this pretend petition was accepted by John Kerry’s Communist sister, who has worked for years at the UN. It’s so beautiful that these two America-haters have found each other.

Medea had better watch out.

By the way, notice that in the photograph Mother Sheehan has both of her arms up in the air. Back in March she claimed the police had given her a concussion and had torn her rotator cuff with their brutality when they arrested her.

I guess Cindy is a quick healer.

(Wardmama4 posted another report on Mother Sheehan’s trial in the "Missed News" section.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 12th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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