Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Art Inseminates Life 

On New Year's Eve we promised to stop plugging the Joe Dante episode of Masters of Horror, but Holy Moley! -- Cindy Sheehan just got arrested for doing what the Cindy Sheehan-surrogate did in "Homecoming":
Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the anti-war movement, was arrested and removed from the House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush's State of the Union address, a police spokeswoman said.

Sheehan, who was invited to attend the speech by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., was charged with demonstrating in the Capitol building, said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. The charge was later changed to unlawful conduct, Schneider said. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Sheehan was taken in handcuffs from the Capitol to police headquarters a few blocks away. Her case was processed as Bush spoke.

Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to the speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed, [under what statute? -- S.] but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said.

Police handcuffed Sheehan and removed her from the gallery before Bush arrived. Sheehan was to be released on her own recognizance, Schneider said.
UPDATE: From our august colleague Will Bunch of Attytood:
Did you know that in 1971, the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to arrest a man who wore a "Fuck the Draft" T-shirt into the courthouse? (Cohen v. California, you can look it up.) So now Alito's on the court for 45 minutes and your civil liberties are already going down the toilet. You were warned.
UPDATE II: From our eminent colleague John Amato at Crooks & Liars:
Sources close to the case have told C&L that the Capitol Police will ask the US Attorney to drop the charges against Cindy and the wife of Rep. C.W. Bill Young- Beverly Young, because there is no rule or law that they could find which was violated.
Our erudite colleague Glenn Greenwald has more.

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