court has sentenced 12 Americans to jail for an anti-drone protest
staged at the Hancock Air National Guard Base at Syracuse, NY, in
October 2012. DeWitt Town judge David Gideon found the defendants guilty
of disorderly conduct and gave them a $250 fine and 15 days in jail
each but cleared them of trespass charges because of the conflicting
testimony given over the location of the base's boundaries, according to
the National Catholic Reporter online newspaper.
After the verdict was delivered, the twelve, all of
them members of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the
Wars organization, were immediately taken to the Jamesville
Dozens of supporter were rallying outside
the court, chanting: "Courage, brother, you do not walk alone. We shall
walk with you and sing your spirit home."