Eight Members of DC 72 Began Trial Proceedings Today, Continuance Scheduled for November
September 19, 2011
Washington, DC, September 19, 2011. Democracy was once again put on hold today in DC as eight members of the 'DC 72' began trial
proceedings at the DC Courthouse. Judge Morin accepted a continuance motion at the request of the defense due to a discovery violation by the office of
District Attorney General.
The Capitol Hill police failed to provide necessary evidence to the Attorney General's office in a timely manner.
This prevented the Attorney General from supplying all relevant and necessary evidence to the defense before the trial.
The defense was presented with some of the evidence at 9:00 AM this morning when they arrived for the trial.
"Capitol Hill continues to disrespect to DC residents and institutions by their lack of responsiveness" says Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of DC Vote.
"I am proud of the 8 defendants that decided to follow through with the trial and have made sacrifices to raise awareness about the lack of democracy in
the District of Columbia."
The trial will continue on Tuesday, November 15 at 10:30 AM. The defendants (listed below) are facing charges for "Unlawful Assembly - Blocking Passage"
and "Failure to Obey an Officer" after they were arrested on Capitol Hill on April 11 and during a protest of the federal budget deal.
- Jack E. Evans - activist
- Eugene Dewitt Kinlow - Public Affairs Director, DC Vote
- Deangelo B. Scott - activist
- Lawrence Harris - DC statehood activist
- Anise Jenkins - President and Executive Director, Stand Up! for Democracy in DC/FREE DC
- Robert Brannum - President, DC Federation of Civic Associations
- Adam Maier - chief of staff, (former) Councilmember Sekou Biddle
- U.S. Statehood Senator Michael D. Brown (D-DC)