Demonstration of September 1, 2010
I arrived at the U. S. district Court, 504 Hamilton,
street, Allentown, PA at 11:31 am on Wednesday, september 1,
2010. It was a hot and sunny day. However the courthouse
blocked the sun, so that it was shady in front of the courthouse.
I started distributing the American Jury Institute pamphlet entitled
“A Primer for Prospective Jurors” with my insert.
At 12:38 pm Mike Molloy and Tom Boggia
appeared. The 3 of us continued the distribution. A very
high majority of passersby accepted our literature. We ran out of the
pamphlets named above, so we passed out American Jury Institute
pamphlets titled “Who Owns Your Body.”
Shortly thereafter, Darren Wolfe, our photographer
appeared and took pictures. At 1:16 pm, Jim Babb appeared with
more of the pamphlets “A Primer for Prospective
Jurors.” He also had a sign with pictures of two of the
federal officers who arrested George Donnelly on our first visit to the
Allentown federal courthouse. Beneath the pictures was the word
By 1:40 pm we had distributed all 120 “A
Primer for Prospective Jurors” and 37 “Who Owns Your
Body” pamphlets, so we retired to the nearby subway for lunch.
No federal, state, or city police appeared at any
time during the distribution.
A video tape of the demonstration taken by Darren
Wolfe appears at
Shortly after 2:00 pm, we entered the courthouse for
the trial of George Donnelly. Identification
documents were requested from all of us, and everyone else, for
entry. I do not carry identification and was denied entry.
I made a fuss and reminded the guards thatAmendment VI of the U.S.
Constitution requires a public trial. It makes no mention that
the attendees must identify themselves. Another deprivation of
After I was denied entry, I went to my car and
retrieved my driver’s license, so that I could attend. When
I entered the courtroom prosecuting attorney Weber and Officer Trevino,
who participated in the arrest, were telling the untrue version of
After they were done, George’s lawyer (whose
name I do not have) spoke and said that George pleads guilty, but was
at the scene to express his First Amendment rights, so the judge should
be lenient in sentencing. Then the inquisition started.
Judge Perkins asked George if he plead guilty to each of the
accusations, and George said yes.
Judge Perkins then sentenced George to time served,
which was two days in jail and two weeks of house arrest. He also
said that it was customary to impose a large fine, but he had intended
to impose only the small fine of $1000.00. However he learned
that George had a child at home that required special expenses, so he
lowered the fine to $500.00. The trial ended at about 3:00 pm.
George was released, recovered all of his
confiscated property, and went home. I made it a point to carry
George’s guns for him out of the courthouse and to his car, even
though I do not have a carry permit. It was 5:00 pm, so the rest
of us, as well as Richie Schwarz, who attended the trial, went to
dinner at some local pub.
This trial was another show trial, where the
defendant is required to plead guilty and be subjected to public
humiliation in exchange for a light sentence and no additional legal
expenses. Hitler and Stalin would approve of the trial. I