Bil Browning

Choi & Pietrangelo beat charges: Case dismissed

Filed By Bil Browning | July 14, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: court cases, Dan Choi, James Pietrangelo, White House protest

Just got a text from Lt. Dan Choi telling me that he and Cpt James Pietrangelo beat the charges against them for chaining themselves to the White House fence. The two had pled not guilty using the defense that Dan-Choi-James-Pietrangelo.jpgPresident Obama told them to challenge him to do more on LGBT issues.

Trial: Govt embarrassed. Govt did not want to move fwd; judge dismiss all charges and WhiteHouse stay-away order lifted. Never be guilty or ashamed when telling truth. Victory for truth today.

The arresting officer didn't even show up in court. (Photo credit: Clarknt67)

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I'm glad they dropped charges. Now, that still doesn't mean I think this was a terribly effective protest - but I don't think Dan or Mr. Pietrangelo deserved any further punishment for the stunt.

Congratulations on your freedom, guys. Keep up the fight - no more handcuffing to the White House fence though...

Please I hope for the exact opposite. I hope they go again as soon as possible and handcuff themselves again. These guys are heros plain and simple. The more they embarass this WH the better since our "fierce advocate" doesn't seem to get it. This questionaire sent out is a farce which will be used to delay or stop the repeal.

Was there more to the story after the fold?

"Dismissed" is exactly what most people did regarding this publicity stunt. It was counterproductive.