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{January 4, 2007}   Will Rumsfeld Come to Cincinnati?

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Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be a key witness in the trial of five local anti-war protesters.

Attorney William Gallagher plans to file a motion Friday in Hamilton County Municipal Court seeking to compel Rumsfeld’s testimony. The motion asks Judge David Stockdale to declare Rumsfeld a material witness and to issue a subpoena for him to appear in court to answer questions about the war in Iraq.

Gallagher represents seven people arrested Sept. 27, 2006, during a peaceful sit-in at the office of U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot. Refusing to leave the office unless Congressman Chabot signed the Congressional Declaration of Peace, the group was charged with criminal trespassing. Five of the protesters are scheduled for trial Jan. 22; two had their cases heard in Hamilton County Juvenile Court.

Gallagher has already issued a subpoena to Congressman Chabot.

The defendants plan to present a “necessity defense,” hoping to convince a jury that they broke the law in order to save human lives and therefore should be found not guilty. In a statement issued the day of their arrest, the protesters said they were acting in order to stop a greater crime.

“We believe the war in Iraq was wrong from the start, and its continuation worsens the crime we have committed,” the statement said. “Every citizen has a responsibility to try to prevent wrongdoing by the state. So great is our responsibility to end this war that we believe we must try new ways of communicating with those in power. Our phone calls, letters, petitions and marches have so far failed to sway Congressman Chabot. We are here today in yet another effort to enlist his help in ending the war.”

During the sit-in, they read aloud the names of Iraqis and Americans who have been killed in the war, including a large number of children.

Saying they want to “put the war on trial,” the protesters plan to question Rumsfeld and Congressman Chabot about the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. They also plan to present testimony by two U.S. veterans who served in Iraq, a Christian Peacemaker who volunteered in Iraq and other evidence of the death and destruction caused by U.S. policy.

The defendants scheduled for trial Jan. 22 are Ellen Dienger, Gregory Flannery, Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen, the Rev, John Rich and Barbara Wolf.

Gregory Flannery is News Editor at CityBeat. Barbara Wolf is a filmmaker. On September 28, 2006, Flannery wrote a post here shortly after his arrest. Click here to read.

Larry Gross

(Photos: Donald Rumsfeld – Google.com. Gregory Flannery – CityBeat)

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she says:

channel 9’s coverage:

http://wcpo.com/news/2007/local/01/04/rumsfeld.html

1/22…get ’em greg…i’ll be there in spirit…bailey’s in hand and hand



hard as nails says:

i’ll be there in spirit

don’t ya love people who say that. i’ll be there in person.



Karen @ the hood says:

Way to go Gregory!!



Ted says:

Donald won’t be showing up here. What’s the point in going through all this? It’s a waste of our tax dollars.



Gregory Flannery says:

Ted, the pursuit of justice isn’t a waste of tax dollars; it’s an important function of government.



Marilyn says:

Since October 2001, I have watched our country’s key leaders attempt to rally US citizens to war with Iraq. Unfortunately, too many citizens were blinded by the tragedy of 9/11 and backed the war.

I watched with increasing horror as the lies given us by our leaders to justify war changed from day to day, week to week.

I participated in the January 2003 rally in Washington DC and still watched helplessly and with dismay as our troops shipped out in March.

Will Rumsfeld be compelled to come to Cincinnati as a material witness? It’s hard to say; it seems those in power can find ways around everything.

But if Attorney William Gallagher and the five remaining protestors can bring the truth of these war crimes perpetrated by the US to the forefront, then the cause will be served.



Ted says:

the pursuit of justice isn’t a waste of tax dollars; it’s an important function of government

BULLSHIT!



hard as nails says:

yeah, but what does gregory eat on the metro?



Jim Stanton says:

You have to admire Gregory Flannery and all the rest who are standing up for what they believe in. So many lives have been lost in his useless war. No, Ted, it’s not a waste of tax dollars at all. I hope this trial makes national news and makes Mr. Flannery and all the others stars.



Marilyn says:

HAN: Sausage & Gin (not mixed together tho).



Brian says:

Great. Another circus from Flannery and company. Why your ass hasn’t been fired from Citybeat because of all this mess is beyond me.



Karen @ the hood says:

Marilyn, you crack me up!



Andrew says:

I think as many of us as we can should show up at Greg’s trail on January 22. It’s on a Monday, who wants to work anyway?

I think at this point, everyone in the U.S. is tired of this war, even the conservative fools in Cincinnati. Let’s make a big fuss about this, you know?

January 22. Remember that date.



Jean says:

Ted is right. This is a waste of taxpayer money.

Rumsfeld will not be there. Chabot will not be there. The case will get dismissed. Taxpayers will be out thousands of dollars because of this liberal nonsense.

Flannery has made a fool out of himself for years doing this stuff. Gross makes a fool of himself for giving this any attention at all. His focus is usually on posts about anal rape.

City Beat should can the both of them.



J.R. says:

You had a funny thing going today with the bus post, now you kill it with this bullshit.



Jackie says:

“Greg & Company” are cool people 🙂



NO says:

Flannery is a jackass.



NO says:

Oh, I forgot 🙂



Polly says:

Wouldn’t you just love to get these two guys in a room together?



Marilyn says:

Jean & Ted, what is an even bigger waste of money (not to mention lives and souls) is the bazillion dollars spent each week on the war in Iraq.



Matt says:

“what is an even bigger waste of money (not to mention lives and souls) is the bazillion dollars spent each week on the war in Iraq.”

All right, conservative, war loving assholes, what do you say to that?



Rita says:

Today has been a day from hell so let me make it short and sweet:
Jean – What a choice? Decide who is a fool? You or Greg? That doesn’t take alot of thinking (Jean, I’m sure you can identify dearly with the concept of “not taking alot of thinking”.) Oh look, the answer is you are THE fool. Perhaps you can use that for your license plate.

Ted – “the pursuit of justice isn’t a waste of tax dollars; it’s an important function of government BULLSHIT!” It is your attitude and total blind faith in this current corrupt imbecile government that has led to the length of this unjustified war.

As Gomer would say: “God bless you and yours.” (Ted and Jean – Isn’t he your cousin?)



Karen says:

Rita, you’re great. When the hell are you going to write your own post here?



David Gallaher says:

The government that gives us the War on Terror, the War on Poverty, the War on Immigrants, the War on Drugs… notice a pattern here?
That government is not about to give us justice nor peace. And our government is not unique.

I’m in a constant state of amazement that we peaceful anarchists are considered a radical minority. If humans could think, peaceful anarchists would be 90 percent of the population.



numb says:

the war on terror.

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.



Matt says:

Jean,

Why do you visit us almost everyday?

Do us a favor.

G E T L O S T.



hard as nails says:

is that mr. flannery eating the sandwich on the previous post?



Jeff- or-ly says:

HEY! I linked up and looked at the thing that was posted in September. Some of those girls are really, hot!!!!!! LIBERAL GIRLS!!!! Can I get phone numbers????



Dan says:

Jean, Jean, go away. Come back another day………..or when your head isn’t up your ass.



dandy says:

nice photo of don. a bugs bunny look-a-like.



Rita says:

We should all show up for Greg’s hearing – then we could validate to Brian Griffin who are real and who are fabrications on the Living out Loud.



Rita says:

I’m sorry; I forgot. Unlike Doctors and Parking – I don’t validate.



Marilyn says:

The IJPC just sent out this mass e-mail:

RUMSFELD CALLED TO TESTIFY IN WAR PROTESTERS’ TRIAL

Jan. 5, 2007
For immediate release
Contact William Gallagher, 513-673-3121; Barbara Wolf, 513-861-2462; or
Gregory Flannery, 513-665-4700

Rumsfeld Called to Testify in War Protesters’ Trial

CINCINNATI – Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be a
key witness in the trial of five local anti-war protesters.
Attorney William Gallagher plans to file a motion Friday in Hamilton
County Municipal Court seeking to compel Rumsfeld’s testimony. The
motion asks Judge David Stockdale to declare Rumsfeld a material
witness and to issue a subpoena for him to appear in court to answer
questions about the war in Iraq.

Gallagher and two of the defendants will be available to discuss the
motion at 2 p.m. Friday in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse.
Gallagher represents seven people arrested Sept. 27, 2006, during a
peaceful sit-in at the office of U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot. Refusing to
leave the office unless Congressman Chabot signed the Congressional
Declaration of Peace, the group was charged with criminal trespassing.
Five of the protesters are scheduled for trial Jan. 22; two had their
cases heard in Hamilton County Juvenile Court.

Gallagher has already issued a subpoena to Congressman Chabot.
The defendants plan to present a “necessity defense,” hoping to
convince a jury that they broke the law in order to save human lives
and therefore should be found not guilty. In a statement issued the day
of their arrest, the protesters said they were acting in order to stop
a greater crime.

“We believe the war in Iraq was wrong from the start, and its
continuation worsens the crime we have committed,” the statement said.
“Every citizen has a responsibility to try to prevent wrongdoing by the
state. So great is our responsibility to end this war that we believe
we must try new ways of communicating with those in power. Our phone
calls, letters, petitions and marches have so far failed to sway
Congressman Chabot. We are here today in yet another effort to enlist
his help in ending the war.”

During the sit-in, they read aloud the names of Iraqis and Americans
who have been killed in the war, including a large number of children.
Saying they want to “put the war on trial,” the protesters plan to
question Rumsfeld and Congressman Chabot about the U.S. invasion and
occupation of Iraq. They also plan to present testimony by two U.S.
veterans who served in Iraq, a Christian Peacemaker who volunteered in
Iraq and other evidence of the death and destruction caused by U.S.
policy.

The defendants scheduled for trial Jan. 22 are Ellen Dienger, Gregory
Flannery, Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen, the Rev, John Rich and Barbara
Wolf.



Heather says:

“if humans could think”

*sigh*

Greg,

I don’t think Rummie will be there, but someone has to TRY to hold the people in this administration accountable for the millions of lives and billions of dollars lost on this war.

I love how people who have no interest in even thinking about the humanitarian and economic atrocities this war has caused are suddenly irate over the “thousands of dollars” that will be lost by this trial.

*sigh*

if humans could think…



Biscuit says:

The people who visit this blog probably consider themselves a little more liberal, tolerant and accepting than other Cincinnati blogs. It’s funny that when Jean or Ted chime in with their unpopular opinion we tell them (in essence)to shut the fuck up and quit reading the blog if they don’t like it -the new twist on ‘love it or leave it’.



Heather says:

Actually, it’s people like Jean who say, “This is outrageous, I’m leaving!”

And then they come back to bitch some more.

Personally, I don’t have a problem with it; some people aren’t happy unless they’re angry. Doesn’t bother me any.

But being liberal doesn’t mean you can’t argue with someone, especially somene who’s attacking you.

Too many people are afraid of a good argument. Arguing is how we test ideas; our own against someone else’s. People who avoid argments are afraid of thinking.

So I say, the more conflict of ideas; the better. And if anyone has a problem with that; good!

😉



Joe says:

You guys go get ’em. I’m so sick of this fucking war.



Jill says:

Greg is my hero 🙂



David Gallaher says:

Biscuit,
You’re right.
and Heather,
You’re right, but I doubt we’ll get many good arguments going since most posters here don’t read the posts of others. They are just “taggers” making the graffito, “Kilroy was here.”



Marilyn says:

I’m new to the “blog” (not this one, just in general)… most of my internet experience has been with discussion groups. I was host of a Catholic discussion group and indeedy, religion riles up most everyone and I enjoyed it tremendously. The entire experience helped me to sharpen what my beliefs really were and are.

I actually miss some of those folks.

BTW, I’m now a “recovering” Catholic.



Biscuit says:

That’s right Marilyn, we are never “recovered”, we are “recovering”



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