Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Final outcome of the Ghosts of Iraq War: Judge suspends fines and jail time

By Eve Tetaz


As was anticipated Judge Morin sentenced us to five days in jail(suspended as the prosecutor didn't think it was worth the expense to jail us), 6 mos. probation, and a heavy fine. He then allowed us to give our sentencing statements. After I gave mine, I told him that I would refuse probation and would not pay the fine. (Last time I refused, I was sent to jail.) Each of my codefendents gave his or her statement followed by the same refusal. After the last defendant spoke, the Judge gave a new ruling, as follows:

None of us would be required to be on probation, none of us has to pay a fine, and all of us were sentenced to one day in jail already served because we had spend the night and a day in jail waiting for arraignment.

It is apparent to me, that Judge Morin was moved to change his ruling because of the justice of our actions. I think I can speak for the others when I say, "We will not be silent." We will continue to speak truth to power.

Amen and Hallelujah.

Dixey Bosely-Smith Paul Fitch, and Ann Barnet, all from 8th Day, Bettina Del Sesto from Support Group 2, and Judith Kelley from Pacee Bene and Maria Allwine from the Baltimore Non Violence Center were present in court to support us. Thank you.

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