Friday, March 29, 2013

Dan Choi found Guilty, Avoids Prison


Dan Choi was in court yesterday over his 2010 protest at the White House. He was found guilty, and fined $100. However, what's making news is his behavior in court.

The Washington Post reports:
But in court on Thursday, Choi’s erratic demeanor swung from emotional outbursts at the lectern to belligerent confrontations with a U.S. Park Police officer and the federal prosecutor. Dressed in a military uniform, Choi paced the courtroom, serving as his own lawyer. 
“All I want at the end of this day is to return to the U.S. military,” Choi said through tears. 
Choi, who is not trained as an attorney, alternated between whispered apologies for his teary breakdowns and loud rebukes of Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela George for failing to refer to him as a lieutenant. 
“Please remember where you are,” Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola cautioned after Choi used vulgar slang. “That may be appropriate in the barracks. It’s not appropriate here.”
This is not surprise to some of us who remembers Dan's behavior a couple of years ago. With this incident added to his erratic history, I wonder if we should be concerned about his mental health.

1 comment:

Ian said...

I try to feel sorry for Dan, but to be honest, he's getting his just desserts here...

Activism, protest, and standing up for what you believe in is one thing, but his behaviors over the years? He's a complete ass, cheapens the good gay & lesbian service-persons, and his actions makes us all look foolish.

Go sit down Dan before they lock you up and throw away the keys for good.