Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dan Choi tweet: "Government drops case against us."

Charges against Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo, who handcuffed themselves to the White House fence in March and again in April, have been dropped according to a tweet earlier today sent out by Choi. The pair were charged with failure to obey an officer, when they refused to pay attention to park police who said something like, "Hey, don't do that."

The Associated Press reports:

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an openly gay Iraq War veteran who twice chained himself to a White House fence to protest the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Lt. Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo, a gay army captain honorably discharged for disclosing his sexual orientation, were in court Wednesday on charges of failure to obey police orders during the March and April protests. All charges were dropped against them.
Choi and his attorney had subpoenaed President Barack Obama to appear, but an attorney for the prosecution said the subpoena wasn't served. Prosecutor Christine Chang declined to comment on why the government dropped the case. 
Choi said he believes Obama administration officials didn't want to draw attention to the policy while the issue is before congress.

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