ADDED ON: 09/06/2019

Judge has a lawyer arrested for defending the ‘Straight Pride’ protestors

09/06/2019 | LGBTQ Nation

A judge had a lawyer arrested who was trying to defend her clients who were protesting against Straight Pride. 36 demonstrators were arrested while protesting the Straight Pride Parade in Boston. Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said that prosecutors used their discretion to perform “triage” on the cases – they moved that many of the charges be dropped in order to protect people’s First Amendment free speech rights. Judge Richard Sinnott  instead rejected the prosecutors’ requests to drop charges and upheld charges on all 36 demonstrators, even setting bail for some prosecutors that didn’t need it. Sinnott then sent attorney Susan Church to jail for contempt of court as she tried to read case law that contradicted the judge’s decision. Counter protestors outnumbered Straight Pride marchers this past weekend in Boston. The parade, which was organized by white supremacists and led by Milo Yiannopoulos, did not spend as much time celebrating heterosexuality as it did advancing white supremacy, anti-semitism, and homophobia.

 

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