Environmentalist Faces 3 Years for Hanging Banners
Posted on Jul 5, 2010
For the outrageous crime of hanging two banners in the Senate’s Hart Office Building, environmentalist Ted Glick could get up to three years in jail. The U.S. attorney’s office has asked for triple the normal maximum penalty, because Glick has made a habit of speaking his mind and, apparently, that’s just criminal.
The activist has been arrested on 16 previous occasions, reports Raw Story, for nonviolent protests. He anticipated consequences for his actions, but was surprised to learn that Barack Obama’s Justice Department would take it this far.
Glick says he is being punished for not accepting a plea bargain which would have carried a mandatory 30-day jail sentence. He refused the deal because he was “unwilling to accept that anyone should go to jail for 30 days for hanging a banner.” —PZS
A 60 year-old environmental activist who hung two banners in a government building will be sentenced Tuesday—and faces up to three years in prison.
Bloomfield, NJ resident Ted Glick will be sentenced Tuesday for unfurling two banners saying “Green Jobs Now” and “Get to Work” from the Hart Senate Office Building’s 7th floor into the atrium on Sept. 8, 2009, the day the Senate returned from its summer recess. Glick and approximately 30 demonstrators were attempting to pressure the Senate to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which passed the House in June 2009.
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Careful, people. You don’t want to wind up in jail for expressing such radical ideas.