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24Aug/080

The Robin Long trial

The last few days have been a dizzying blur for me. I've been in Colorado Springs for Robin Long's court-martial at Ft. Carson, as well as to the support IVAW's State of the Union base tour.

The trial itself was pretty intense. I was so proud of Robin and witnesses: Pete Haney (of the Colorado Springs Justice & Peace Commission), SGT Matthis Chiroux (IVAW and resister to an ordered Iraq deployment) and COL Ann Wright (who can't even begin to summarize her bio). I also want to thank the folks who sent supporting written statements. We used some in the trials, but will be using all of them in the upcoming clemency/parole fights.

In the next day or two, I'll write up a lengthier blow-by-blow account of the trial, but for now I'll just say that while we (Robin and I) are disappointed by the sentence, we are happy that we got to present Robin's case. I think that in the future, the record will show that Robin's decision to go to Canada might have been illegal under US law, but it was supremely moral act and it was one in compliance with International law.

Personally though, I'm pretty drained. There's so much I want to say but it will probably be a few days before I can find the words to do it with.

I am staying in CO for a bit longer. Mostly to be on standby, in case crazy stuff goes down at the IVAW protests at the DNC and active-duty soldiers need legal help, but also to be a witness to history. I'm hoping to get to visit Robin maybe tonight or tomorrow, so I'll be sure and post something about how he is doing soon.

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