The Elena Sassower Story
January 4, 2005
"DEFENDER OF THE CONSTITUTION"
“THE NEW NATHAN HALE”
12/23/04 -- ELENA WAS SET FREE!!!
MUSIC IS CALLED "SALUTE" -- A Medley of 6 Patriotic Songs
WE SALUTE YOU ELENA
Ms. Sassower Goes to Washington
New Yorker Elena Sassower went to Washington, D.C. on behalf of the
Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc.
(CJA) to attend a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee public
hearing on May 22, 2003. She wanted to speak
in opposition to the nomination of NY Court of Appeals Judge, Richard C.
Wesley, for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes New York.
She sat through two hours of speeches in favor of the nominees.
Ms. Sassower rose and respectfully asked: "Mr. Chairman, there's citizen opposition to Judge Wesley based on his documented corruption at the New York Court of Appeals. May I testify?”
Instead of answering 'yes' or 'no,'
Senator Chambliss said: "I will issue a warning that we will have
order. The Committee will stand in recess until the police can restore
order. Everyone remain seated."
Arrested for 'Disruption of Congress'!
Seconds after, Elena was forcibly removed from the Chamber, handcuffed behind her back and moved to the hallway. Senator Chambliss walked right by her without saying a word. All he ever had to do was answer her original question, 'yes' or 'no' instead of having her arrested. Shortly thereafter, she was taken out of the building and incarcerated for 21 hours; kept incommunicado and criminally prosecuted for 10 D.C. Code Section 503.16(b)(4) a/k/a "Disruption of Congress."
What Congress did she interrupt & how?
By the Senate's own transcript, the hearings were adjourned before Ms. Sassower asked her question. So what did she disrupt? After she was removed from the Chamber, the Committee was adjourned a second time. Unexplained to the present date is why Chairman Chambliss would not answer the questions Elena posed to him – (1) whether she might testify or (2) the thrice-asked question as to whether he had directed her arrest by the Capitol Police.
THE 'ALLEGED' TRIAL
Court Watcher's Comment
By: George McDermott
I attended Ms. Sassower's trial and could not believe I was in an American courtroom. The judge kept cutting her off when all she was doing was trying to defend herself. She was pro se, which meant she was her own lawyer. The judge interrupted her opening statement to the jury and would not let her proceed with it because he did not wish her to go into the facts that led up to her arrest or the political motivation behind it.
When she was being cross-examined, the judge again prevented her from testifying in her own defense as to those facts. He ordered her off the witness stand and actually had the US Marshals lock her up for a period of time so as to intimidate her.
I never saw anything so unfair in my life. There is no question in my mind that the judge was biased in favor of the government and extremely antagonistic toward Ms. Sassower. It was because of that bias that she was convicted and unjustly sentenced to jail. I am convinced that she committed no crime and should be freed NOW.
Judge Holeman's Draconian Sentence
Although the prosecutor and the probation officer both recommended that Ms. Sassower not be jailed, Judge Holeman completely disregarded those recommendations. He sentenced her to 92 days in jail unless she agreed to his terms, which were: (1) 2 years probation; keep minute records of her work hours; (3) 300 hours of community service, 200 near her home in New York and 100 in D.C.; (4) participate in anger management therapy; (5) prohibited access to16 buildings and and streets in the United States Capitol Complex as well as two Metro stations; (6) prohibited from communicating with a number of Senators, Judge Wesley, the prosecutors and police; (7) write letters of apology and remorse to Senators Hatch, Leahy, Chambliss, Schumer, Clinton & Judge Wesley; and (8) a penalty of $500 plus an additional $250 to the Victims of Violent Crimes fund.
Ms. Sassower told Judge Holeman “I am not remorseful and will not lie.” Whereupon Judge Holeman added to his retaliation against her due process and First Amendment Rights. He doubled his original jail term from 92 days to six (6) months. He ordered her incarcerated immediately. She remains jailed.
Sassower was known as: Prisoner #301-340, D.C. Capitol Jail, 1901 D Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003.
reminiscent of the old Soviet Union....
Victim of Senatorial
Recent history screams that
we are fast becoming a nation of suspects,
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Originally posted on September 7, 2004