Cindy Sheehan Cleared of D.C. Protest Charge

Monday, Jul 12, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 PM EDT
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Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in the Iraq war, speaks during a rally calling for an immediate end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Lafayette Park near the White House on March 20.

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Activist Cindy Sheehan has been cleared of a charge stemming from a protest in front the White House.

After a trial in D.C. Superior Court on Monday, Judge Robert E. Morin found Sheehan not guilty of crossing a police line during an anti-war protest in March. In court, Sheehan wore a white T-shirt printed with an image of a dove and the name of her group, Peace of the Action.

A prosecutor showed a video of demonstrators lying on the White House sidewalk with mock coffins, while Sheehan crossed a bicycle rack serving as a police line. U.S. Park Police are heard warning them that their protest permit had been revoked.

Defense attorney Mark Goldstone noted that Sheehan spent two days in jail after her arrest. If Sheehan had been convicted, she faced fines.
 

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