Gay West Point Grad Fined $100 in Protest Case

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    Dan Choi speaks during "A Call To Action In D.C." rally at Freedom Plaza on March 18, 2010.

    A gay West Point graduate discharged from the military for revealing his sexual orientation has been fined $100 in a case resulting from his arrest during a 2010 White House demonstration.

    Dan Choi was convicted and fined Thursday by a judge hearing his case, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

    Choi was one of 13 people arrested after they handcuffed themselves to the White House fence. His trial began in 2011 but was put on hold during an appeal. He was convicted of failing to obey lawful order.

    Choi, who represented himself Thursday, was alternately emotional and angry as his trial resumed. He called as a witness the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a civil rights movement veteran. He later raised his voice at a Park Police officer, another witness.

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