DC 18 Trial Scheduled for June 28th!
January 17th, 2017, forty years after the first execution under contemporary laws and the day before another execution was to be carried out, 18 death penalty abolitionists were arrested at the U.S. Supreme Court. The group unfurled a 30-foot-long banner that read “STOP EXECUTIONS!” on the steps of the Court. They also carried roses in two colors, a reminder that they are remembering both families of the murdered and families of the executed as they stand together saying, as one banner did, “We Remember the Victims, But Not With More Killing.”
Those arrested include:
Peter Armstrong (Washington, DC)
Leroy Barber (Portland, OR)
Abraham J. Bonowitz (Columbus, OH)
SueZann Bosler (Miami, FL)
Shawn Casselberry (Chicago, IL)
Shane Claiborne (Philadelphia, PA)
John Dear (Santa Fe, NM)
Randy Gardner (Taylorsville, UT)
Lisa Sharon Harper (Washington, DC)
Derrick Jamison (Cincinnati, OH)
Art Laffin (Washington, DC)
Scott Langley (Ghent, NY)
Michael McBride (Oakland, CA)
Tom Muther Jr. (Topeka, KS)
Doug Pagitt (Minneapolis, MN)
Jack Payden-Travers (Lynchburg, VA)
Sam R. Sheppard (Oakland, CA)
Kelton Tupper (Cheverly, MD).
12 of these defendants will stand trial in DC Superior Court starting June 28, 2017. They intend to prove to the Court that this action was lawful free speech in a public forum under the First Amendment Also, defendants will present evidence that non violent actions are necessary as a moral imperative to save human lives by stopping executions, including the execution of Rick Gray in Virginia on January 18, whose case was pending before the US Supreme Court at that time.
This fund raising effort will support travel, logistical coordination, lodging, food and publicity-related costs associated with the upcoming trial. It will also assist defendants in paying any fines, court costs and other fees assessed by the Court, should they be convicted. This is NOT a legal support fund and none of the funds raised will be used for legal fees or legal representation, which is being otherwise provided.
Similar actions took place in 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012, with convictions occurring in 3 of the four cases. In 2002, the judge acquitted the defendants due to inconsistent testimony by prosecution witnesses.
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