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JUDGE CENSORS TESTIMONY, CHARGES ST. PATRICK’S FOUR MEMBERS WITH CONTEMPT


The federal government flexed it’s muscles on this first day of testimony
by peace activists, charging two defendants with contempt of court, and
interpreting the charges in the indictment to make it easier for the
prosecution to attain a conviction.

Senior U.S. District Judge Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy charged Peter DeMott and
Teresa Grady with contempt of court for testifying about the fact that there
was a previous trial.

McAvoy previously informed the defendants they were forbidden from
testifying on a laundry list of topics including: the illegality of the Iraq
war, international law and its relevance to their actions, the mandates in
the Geneva Convention, the Doctrine of Necessity, facts or statistics about
the Iraq war, descriptions of the damages or deaths caused by war,
descriptions of what defendants had seen when they traveled to Iraq, and
more. They were also prohibited from testifying about their previous State
court trial, which ended in a mistrial, with nine of twelve jurors favoring
acquittal.

Following a round of questioning by U.S. Assistant Attorney Miroslav Lovric
that one observer called “McCarthy-like,

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