Bil Browning

Why were Choi's charges dismissed?

Filed By Bil Browning | July 16, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: chained to White House fence, Dan Choi, Don't Ask Don't Tell, gays in the military, James Pietrangelo, White House protest

Why were Lt. Dan Choi's charges dismissed this week? Metroweekly writer Chris Geidner got to the bottom of the mystery by contacting DC Mayor Adrien Fenty's communications director, Mafara Hobson.

Dan-Choi-James-Pietrangelo.jpgHobson wrote that the Criminal Section of the D.C. Attorney General's Office considered the ''Failure to Obey'' charges. ''After carefully examining video and speaking with the officers involved, it was determined that the charge couldn't be maintained,'' she wrote.
''While chained to the fence, the defendant was standing on a ledge - NOT - the sidewalk. As such, he was not blocking pedestrian traffic," Hobson wrote. "Once that was realized, the focus of the investigation shifted to what happened immediately prior to his handcuffing himself (i.e., was he blocking the sidewalk at that time and did an officer ask him to move on). After interviewing law enforcement, it was determined that the defendant had not been asked to move on at that point. Therefore, he could not be prosecuted for any activity prior to the handcuffing either.''

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They just wanted the whole story to go away. It has.

I'm sure that Andrew is right: they knew what an uproar there would be if they even dared to try a prosecution.

Now let's watch and see what the RR does in response. That should be hysterical.