Environmentalist Faces Three Years In Jail For Hanging Banners In Office Building
Environmental activist Ted Glick, who put up two banners in the Hart Senate office building, will be sentenced Tuesday and faces three years in jail. (h/t Allen McDuffee at Raw Story). The banners said “Green Jobs Now” and “Get to Work,” and were hung in the building’s 7th floor atrium on September 8, 2009, as the Senate was returning form summer break.
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.
Despite entering the building legally and following all security requirements, including providing identification and having the banners and other items scanned, Glick was convicted of two misdemeanors—disorderly conduct and unlawfully assembling on Capitol Grounds—on May 13.
Glick has been arrested 16 times over the years for non-violent protests, and did time in 1971 for resisting the draft.
At a July 6 noon sentencing hearing, Glick’s fate will be handed down by Judge Frederick H. Weisberg of the Washington, DC Superior Court.
Weisberg, who currently serves as Chairman of the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission and presided over Glick’s trial, is being heavily lobbied for leniency by a letter-writing campaign that includes celebrities such as Danny Glover and Ed Asner.
So a guy faces three years for raising a couple of banners to promote environmental awareness, and the folks at BP get how many years?Click here for reuse options!
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