DC Democracy Advocate Expected to Plead Guilty in Court, Refuse Fine, Probation or Community Service
Pete Ross Faces Jail Time as Sentence for Civil Disobedience in Defense of DC Rights
For more information contact: James Jones, Communications Director
202.462.6000 x12 office / 202.557.4864 mobile / email@example.com
March 12, 2012
What: Hearing for Pete Ross related to his December 16, 2011 civil disobedience in protest of rider attached to DC funding bill.
When: Tuesday, March 13 Hearing and Sentencing for Mr. Ross begins approximately 10:00 am.
Where: DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave., NW
Pete Ross intends to plead guilty to blocking passage/incommoding charges he faces as a result of refusing to vacate a roadway. Mr. Ross and three other democracy activists were arrested
by the Capitol Police on December 16, 2011, when they engaged in civil disobedience to protest congressional interference in local DC matters. A budget bill pending before Congress at the time
included language to ban the District government from using its own locally-raised tax dollars to fund abortions for poor women in the District. This ban on the use of local funds only applied to D.C.
Mr. Ross intends to refuse a fine, probation, or community service as his sentencing, but instead will take jail time as a continuing expression of his objection to Congressional infringement upon
DC's right to self-determination.