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The Elena Sassower Story

January 4, 2005

ELENA SASSOWER

"DEFENDER OF THE CONSTITUTION"

“THE NEW NATHAN HALE”
White Plains’ Person Of The Year Award
 “Ms. Sassower deserves to be a White Plains Person of the Year because she stood up for free speech and went to prison for it. You have to ask yourself, would you do that for what is right?”  

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12/23/04 -- ELENA WAS SET FREE!!!

MUSIC IS CALLED "SALUTE" -- A Medley of 6 Patriotic Songs

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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.

After the chairman, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, said: "if there  are no further questions  or participation from anyone on  the Committee, we will stand adjourned. Thank you very much."

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."
 [Pause.]
 Elena.  Are you directing that I be arrested?
 Senator Chambliss.
No answer to the question.
 Elena. Are you directing that I be arrested?

 Senator Chambliss. I am directing that the police restore order.
 Elena. Are you directing that I be arrested?
 [Pause.] No answer to the question; instead:
 Senator Chambliss. Outside witnesses are welcome to submit letters supporting or opposing nominees for the Committee's consideration, but it is not our usual procedure to invite outside witnesses to testify either in support or in opposition
to the nomination. I realize that this lady is disappointed that she is not able to make any statement this afternoon, but her disappointment in no way condones any disruption of this hearing. Again, we will stand adjourned.
    Thank you very much.

    [Whereupon, at 3:32 p.m., the Committee was adjourned.]

See testimony on Senate site, .pdf format, pg. 581

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
on Judge Holeman's Conduct during Trial

By: George McDermott
Petition Signer #220

     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.


After Sentencing,
Attorney Mark Goldstone commented:

"seemed reminiscent of the old Soviet Union....
These are conditions you put on someone who attacks a senator with a knife."


Victim of Senatorial
 & Judicial
Abuse of Authority
in violation of the
'Rule of Law'

PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE
D.C. #301-340

ELENA SASSOWER,
Cofounder & Coordinator
for the Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc.

Read the Petition

Created by
Center for Judicial Accountability, Inc.
 & written by

Doris L. Sassower, member, U.S. Supreme Court Bar


Links to other websites
related to Elena

“Disruption of Congress”?
-or-
Violation of
First Amendment Rights?
Details with Chronicle of
events & persons to contact


News with Views


Americus Corruptus
Ozarkopathy.Org


Justice Not Jail Time
for Judicial Activist


Defending the
Right to Be Heard


Activist Jailed for
"Disrupting Congress"


Pro-Life News


White Plains
Citizenet Reporter


Kangaroo Courts
Win Yet Again



Click this link to read and listen to the historic poem,
Like Mother, Like Daughter, written by Jeff Biener, set to music and sung by Mary Meriam, commemorating Elena's July 4th jailing for exposing judicial corruption.


An Attorney-CJA supporter's letter writing campaign on behalf of Elena:

Gary Zerman's FREE ELENA BEFORE THANKSGIVING Letter to President Bush, November 8, 2004

Gary Zerman's 14-page FREE ELENA BEFORE THANKSGIVING Letter to President Bush and Senator Hatch, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, November 17, 2004

Gary Zerman's FREE ELENA BEFORE CHRISTMAS Letter to President Bush and Senator Hatch, November 26, 2004


 

 

 

Recent history screams that we are fast becoming a nation of suspects,
in which vocal dissent is a legal cause for monitoring.

 —Bill Johnson Columnist, Rocky Mountain News, July 31, 2004--

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