FIJA 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 “LIARS.”

    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

George Donnelly trial

    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 rights.

    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 events.

    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 do not.