Peaceful Protesters Not Guilty Despite Comparison to Mohammed Atta.
"Think of some evils that could happen, and why it is important for the line to be drawn here. On Sept. 11 some people drove planes into a building to prove a point. The defendants say their conduct is necessary to avoid imminent danger because people are dying in Iraq. That is the same thing suicide bombers say."
-Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Seth Steward
Other Highlights from the trial: (Courtesy of Portland Indymedia)
"I was there to watch for a few hours this morning and just wanted to say it was a great kick. Seeing these grannies take the stand was awesome- they are humorous and NEVER let go of their desire to spread love and win people over with their words...
Both of the grannies who testified today refused to allow the prosecutor to change their words, such as when he repeatedly asked one of them, "You say you'd do anything to stop wars. Does that mean you'd do anything to stop someone from joining the military?" The granny replied, "Stop implies impede. I'd rather educate the person so they can make their own informed decision as to joining up or not." The prosecutor looked confused and a cycle of him asking the same question and the granny giving the same answer, at least four times over, ensued until finally one of the defense lawyers objected and the judge intervened.
Some other goodies from today:
Attorney: "Could the poster paint cause damage to a window?"
Granny: "Well, if you froze it and threw it at the window, I guess. But I couldn't even throw it that hard, you'd have to get Clyde to do it."
When the prosecutor apologized for the poor quality photos used to show the "damage," saying "Our printers just aren't very good..." the Granny replied, "Well, maybe if our country wasn't at war, we could afford better printers in your office."