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  • Pete Eyre 11:05 am on May 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Update on the (Kangaroo) Court Process 

    Well, May 21st, the date Brooke was scheduled to appear in court (after the date was initially pushed back from late April), has come and gone and Brooke still has not had her day in court.

    This time, it was because the U.S. Park Police had not properly communicated with the prosecutor. In fact, Brooke was not even in the court’s system as the USPP did not even file charges until that very morning.

    We’re now told Brooke will finally get her day in court in late June. Stay tuned for more details.

    • me 8:26 pm on July 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Late June has come and gone. What news?

    • david derby 1:40 am on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply


    • Tim 1:20 am on July 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to see this is really playing out

    • Mark 10:14 am on July 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply


      What’s the latest. It is now July.

    • Laughing Wolf 11:09 am on July 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      It’s been quite a while, any news?

    • John 2:11 pm on July 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Well what happened????

    • Dale 6:12 pm on July 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      what has happened?
      no postings since may 27,2008.

    • Jeff Bridges 4:46 pm on August 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      So what’s the latest?!

    • Jim 10:12 pm on August 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      ummm…. so what the heck happened?

    • Dan 4:14 pm on August 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      So what’s happening now? This post is a few months old.

    • Jeff Moulton 5:38 pm on November 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Is there any update yet? I’ve been searching, but Google has been unhelpful. All links seem to point to a period of time up to about two weeks after the “arrest”.

    • VermontGal 7:38 pm on November 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Is there an update and what if anything happened?

    • jeffbridges 1:13 am on November 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      So what’s the story? What’s happening? Has our country decided that dancing is against the law?

    • Eco Freak 11:44 am on April 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Isn’t the statute of limitations going to get to be an issue pretty soon? How about her right to a speedy trial?

      Does the word RAILROADED come to mind?

      I agree with the guy who said she should wear a coatee, full dyke, and white ducks to court though.

    • Mark 11:58 am on October 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Can you update us on what happened or is happening in this case? Thanks.

      • blanksslate 2:41 pm on October 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply


        she is suing the officer and Department of the Interior, among others. She is being represented by Alan Gura, the lawyer who won the landmark Supreme Court Case DC v. Heller, the DC gun rights case. You can look over the complaint here.

  • Pete Eyre 10:56 am on May 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Michael Badnarik Covers FTJ1 

    Michael Badnarik, self-described step-father of the Constitution and 2004 Libertarian Party nominee for president, covered the Free The Jefferson 1 incident this morning on his Internet radio show, Lighting the Fires of Liberty. You can listen to the episode (May 27th) here.

  • Pete Eyre 1:01 pm on May 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Defense Fund and Court Date Update 

    Just wanted to thank everyone who made it out to the Union Pub last Friday. Between the inexpensive entry fee and t-shirt sells, it looks like we netted around $500 for the defense fund. This brings us to just under 80% of our goal. Good stuff.

    If you weren’t able to make it out or didn’t have enough coin at the time to purchase a shirt, you can do so here. Note that the shirts make great gifts and will help show those around you that you won’t stand for State aggression.

    In other news, a few folks have asked us of the status of the court date. Well, Brooke was originally supposed to appear during the last week of April, but now she was informed it was pushed back to May 21st. Perhaps the State is scared they don’t have a case?? Stay tuned for more.

  • Pete Eyre 11:00 am on April 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    More Media Mentions 

    It’s getting tough to stay on-top of all the media mentions for the Jefferson1, but here are some of the most recent:

    Word on the street is that the Washington Post is starting to interview folks who witnessed the incident.

    • Kieffer 11:07 am on April 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Is there a Cafepress t-shirt yet?

      Also, I’m sure it would draw fire from Apple, but I think there needs to be a version of the FtJ1 logo with little white headphones added.

    • peteeyre 1:29 pm on April 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      We working to get t-shirts made that’ll incorporate the logo above. Stay tuned for more soon.

    • Digg 2:32 pm on April 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Your story is up on http://www.digg.com front page with 2058 diggs.

    • Digg 2:32 pm on April 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

    • DubyaTeeEff 2:33 pm on April 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Why aren’t more people outraged over this? I’ve seen it pop up on a number of forums and most people are of the mind “Oh those young hooligans creating disturbances” ever ignorant of the fact this was done at MIDNIGHT to AVOID all of that “disturbance” crap. As I’ve seen someone else say, would you guys really be planning on creating a disturbance when there was BEER to be had directly afterwords? I’m pretty sure being arrested wasn’t on the list of things to do.

      I’m saddened by the lack of positive response and media coverage on this 😦

  • Pete Eyre 7:42 pm on April 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Choice Comments from Bloggers Thus Far 

    From Julian Sanchez:

    Given that my friend’s immediate social circle is largely composed of journalists, bloggers, and constitutional lawyers who sue the government for fun, I predict hilarity.
    Under District of Columbia law, ‘disorderly conduct’ occurs when a person: ‘with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, or under circumstances such that a breach of the peace may be occasioned thereby;..(2) congregates with others on a public street and refuses to move on when ordered by the police.’ Twenty people grooving along quietly with their iPods probably wouldn’t be in anyone’s way at noon, never mind midnight.
    Megan McArdle over at The Atlantic penned that:
    As a resident of DC, I’m certainly overjoyed to hear that violent crime has fallen to a level where we can spare valuable police resources to fight the silent scourge of . . . dancing.
    Suetonius from FreedomAndShit.org noted that:
    Photographs, video and eyewitnesses aplenty, this should be a slam dunk against the government — but that does not mean that this is all ok. An arrest is still an arrest and our friend faces consequences for doing absolutely nothing wrong. She was polite, cooperative and stone-cold sober. Her crime, in addition to “bopping” (as overheard spoken by one of the arresting officers), was apparently inquiring as to what exactly she was doing wrong. For that, she was thrown up against a pillar in front of about 20 friends and summarily arrested — for quietly celebrating TJ’s birthday.
    Radley Balko from the infamous The Agitator stated:
    Everyone I spoke with says there was no noise, there were no threats, and no laws broken (the park police I spoke with–including the arresting officer (who, oddly enough, denied to me that he was the arresting officer)–declined to say why she had been arrested).
    The police refused to answer any questions, referring all calls to the communication number of the Park Police, which at this hour is closed. They also refused to give their badge numbers.
    Of course, the real irony here is that all of this happened at the Jefferson Memorial, in observance of Jefferson’s birthday. Go out to celebrate the birth of the most hardcore, anti-authoritarian of the Founding Fathers, get hauled off in handcuffs.
    Jason Talley stated:
    So in the 2008 version of the USA you cannot dance at the Jefferson Memorial without being disorderly it seems.
    The wrong people and ideas govern us and we need to change the direction we’re heading in. Not by electing different politicians but by electing to take charge of our own lives and removing a government that controls us to the point where we can’t dance to celebrate the birthday of our hero on public property.
    From James Joyner at OutsideTheBeltway:
    The days when the police spoke to the general public — whom they are paid to serve — with polite deference are long gone. Instead, most have adopted a bullying attitude and demand to be treated with unearned deference. We’ve gone from Joe Friday and Andy Taylor to ‘Cops’ and ‘The Wire.’
    Fark‘s teaser was:
    Apparently getting a couple of friends together and dancing quietly to your iPod at midnight at the Jefferson Memorial gets you a face plant in the concrete then a trip to detention courtesy of the US Park Police.
    Peter Suderman at TheAmericanScene reported:
    the crowd in question was composed largely of professional libertarians who’re bound to make a stink about this. I still wonder: What does an arresting officer in any circumstance like this possibly think he or she is going to accomplish?
    Peter Eyre (author of this post) at LibertyIsMyHomie noted:
    I guess the State actors never bothered to look up and read the words chiseled into the stone above them: ‘I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every from of tyranny over the mind of man.’
    • Wolf37 6:25 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

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