[Vision2020] Doves/Hawks agree THIS is sheer stupidity

Tim Lohrmann timlohr@yahoo.com
Wed, 5 Mar 2003 11:28:07 -0800 (PST)

Gosh durn it, think a lawsuit might just arise out of
this one? I sure hope so!
Give Peace a chance in the middle east? Maybe.
But give IQ tests to security personnel in the US
Lawyer Arrested for Wearing a 'Peace' T-Shirt
Updated 7:55 PM ET March 4, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer was arrested late Monday
and charged with
trespassing at a public mall in the state of New York
after refusingto take
off a T-shirt advocating peace that he had just
purchased at the mall.

According to the criminal complaint filed on Monday,
Stephen Downs was
wearing a T-shirt bearing the words "Give Peace A
Chance" that he had just
purchased from a vendor inside the Crossgates Mall in
Guilderland, New
York, near Albany.

"I was in the food court with my son when I was
confronted by two security
guards and ordered to either take off the T-shirt or
leave the mall,"said

When Downs refused the security officers' orders,
police from the town of
Guilderland were called and he was arrested and taken
away in handcuffs,
charged with trespassing "in that he knowingly
enter(ed) or remain(ed)
unlawfully upon premises," the complaint read.

Downs said police tried to convince him he was wrong
in his actionsby
refusing to remove the T-shirt because the mall "was
like a private house
and that I was acting poorly.
"I told them the analogy was not good and I was then
hauled off to night
court where I was arraigned after pleading not guilty
and released on my
own recognizance," Downs told Reuters in a telephone

Downs is the director of the Albany Office of the
state Commission on
Judicial Conduct, which investigates complaints of
misconduct against
judges and can admonish, censure or remove judges
found to have
engaged in misconduct.

Calls to the Guilderland police and district attorney,
Anthony Cardona and to officials at the mall were not
returned for comment.
Downs is due back in court for a hearing on March 17.
He could face up to a year in prison if convicted.

Tim L        
"If you're not paranoid, you're not paying attention"

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