Posted by | July 6, 2010 16:00 | Filed under: Top Stories

Environmental activist Ted Glick faced three years in prison for putting up banners in the Hart Senate office building.  A judge showed mercy today, enabling Glick to avoid jail time, but warned Glick not to break the law again.

“I believe the action was needed,” he said, “but I’ll think long and hard about whether I will put myself in an arrest situation again.”

Dozens of activists from liberal groups like Code Pink, Public Citizen, and the Hip Hop Caucus came to support him at a sentencing hearings Tuesday. Glick works full time as policy director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network .

In the end, the judge suspended Glick’s 30-day sentence as long as he doesn’t get arrested in the next year and serves 40 hours of community service.

After reading hundreds of letters from Glick’s supporters and listening to the defendant talk about the perils of climate change, the judge said, “What you’re being sentenced for is not the message but the delivery of the message.”

The courtroom erupted in claps as Glick walked out a free man. Outside, he gave a quick speech.

“This is a key time to put pressure on the senate to pass a climate bill,” he said. “I look forward to working with everybody.”

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