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  •  I agree that the DoJ response was atrocious. (3+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, Smoh, twigg

    I think the appropriate response would have been for the Capitol Police to escort him from the building and tell him he couldn't reenter until he did so with that jacket removed, inside out, or covered up.

    At worst, if he caused a disturbance in being removed or refused to leave, I'd say just give him a $50 fine and bar him from reentering.

    The DoJ's "you're lucky you didn't get more" seems to me an unnecessary provocation and an extreme overreaction.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 12:35:14 PM PST

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    •  What's atrocious about dropping the charge? (1+ / 0-)
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      The DOJ didn't pursue the charge against him. They're responding to his claim that he wants a million bucks. All they're saying is he could have been charged under the Display Clause -- which is clearly true from the facts described here -- but wasn't (implied: "so STFU"). It appears to be buttressing their defense of the officers' probable cause.

      The DOJ wasn't involved in the arrest -- it was the SCOTUS police, who do this every day of the week. And yeah, they've got a lot of experience with the anti-abortion folks and want no part of expanding their access. My guess is they were bemused by Occupy, but not particularly concerned. Even on that vaunted Nationwide Day of Action, Occupy only managed to scrape up a couple of dozen protesters, but the "life" crowd can and would deliver all the bodies they were allowed to cram in, for as long as allowed, and disrupting as much as allowed. They've got decades on Occupy, and the SCOTUS cops aren't going to risk upsetting that balance by giving another group a pass.

      •  Yeah, the million bucks (0+ / 0-)

        is a bit silly ... but then those claims are always silly from afar.

        Oh, and they weren't "bemused" by Occupy, they were scared shitless by Occupy and they squished it with force.

        I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
        but I fear we will remain Democrats.

        Who is twigg?

        by twigg on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 06:38:35 PM PST

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        •  The SCOTUS police did not squish Occupy, (0+ / 0-)

          nor did they attempt to, by force or otherwise. Their scope is quite limited, and they have little interest beyond their turf. The U.S. Marshals would have been aware of the planned disruptions and might have beefed up for the day, but they are not remotely staffed well enough to go on some anti-Occupy crusade. Perhaps we have different sources at the Court, but mine were unimpressed with the demonstrations compared to crowds that have turned out for other causes.

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