Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Mad Dad With A Whimper

The local media have not bothered to cover the pre-trial hearing for Lexington mad dad David Parker. However, his buddies at Article 8 were there and their news flash is that he will get a jury trial on his trespass charge on September 21. Film at...oh, no film, sorry.

We confess that we had originally thought of wheeling up to Concord for the hearing. The concept of trying to grok the loonies wallpapering the sidewalk (as much as a small cluster can wallpaper) was appealing. We got over it.

As the judge intimated at his arraignment, it is a simple case. He set up his arrest for a sit-in at a public school. After hours of refusing to leave, he was arrested for trespassing in the school after hours. It's civil disobedience and he'll have to take his lumps.

We shall try to perk up in two months. His attorneys, who brag about defending child abusers, pornographers and drug dealers on their Website, promise that this is about important issues. Both Parker and his lawyers seem quite confused about rights and duties.

This matter of law is very simple and Parker continues to act cowardly in avoiding personal responsibility. Unless they can show some substance, we do not see much reason to carry on about this.

This is not exactly the fictional The Fountainhead or the real Gandhi trotting to the ocean to gather salt.

1 comment:

Rieux said...

It's civil disobedience and he'll have to take his lumps.

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This matter of law is very simple and Parker continues to act cowardly in avoiding personal responsibility.


Yes, exactly. Even if every one of Parker's complaints about the behavior of the school officials were valid, nevertheless everyone agrees that he sat down in the school office and refused to leave until he was arrested. That's trespassing.

Parker's guilty, he's admitted it, and the judge is both correct and well within his powers to refuse to allow Parker to make this into a show trial about entirely irrelevant issues.

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