An activist arrested for disrupting President Bush's Republican party nomination during last year's Republican National Convention had all charges dropped yesterday. The D.A.'s office accused June Brashares of a couple crimes, including assaulting two volunteers who hauled her out of MSG, but when jurors believed Brashares and other witnesses. According to indymedia, "One trial observer writes: 'The pathetic arguement by DA...may have disolved next to great defence summation.'" The pathetic argument being perhaps being this, as reported by the NY Times:
In arguing the case, Jessica Troy, the assistant district attorney, said the trial was not about politics but about a cunning woman who snuck into a private affair with the intention of provoking a nationally televised disruption. She compared Ms. Brashares's actions to interrupting a church service, a private party or a show, using the audience participation play "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding" as an analogy.
"When you go to a play and stand up and start screaming 'I hate this play, you wasted my time and money,' what do you expect to happen?" she asked. "You're going to be pulled out by the ushers."
Ha! Comparing the Republican National Convention to a private party or show - good one.
And related: Democrats want Karl Rove to resign, after his remarks in NYC last night saying, "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding to our attackers." Oh, good grief. Mayor Bloomberg is trying not to say the words "Karl Rove" and "is stupid" in the same line, gave a bland statement ("We owe it to those we lost to keep partisan politics out of the discussion and keep alive the united spirit that came out of 9/11."), while Democratic mayoral hopefuls are criticizing Rove head-on. Mike, it's tough when you switch sides, isn't it?
Photography of Brashares and RNC volunteers from the AP