Tuesday, July 6, 2010
We win one!
Judge refuses to jail activist who hung banner in Senate building, over objection of US Attorney
US Attorney wanted jail sentence of 40 days, three years suspended sentence
Environmentalist Ted Glick narrowly escaped a jail sentence today for misdemeanor convictions related to hanging banners in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building.
"I'm overwhelmingly surprised," Glick told Raw Story. "I fully expected to go to jail."
The 60 year-old Bloomfield, NJ resident was convicted May 13 of two misdemeanors—disorderly conduct and unlawfully assembling on Capitol Grounds. He was facing up to three years in prison in today’s sentencing for unfurling two banners saying “Green Jobs Now” and “Get to Work” from the Hart Senate Office Building’s 7th floor into the atrium on Sept. 8, 2009, the day the Senate returned from its summer recess.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office requested a sentence of three years, all of which would have suspended except 40 days. The Office was not available for comment at the time of this filing.