Fort Benning protesters face trial

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 9:10 AM
Last updated 11:13 AM
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COLUMBUS, Ga. — A federal magistrate has ordered four participants in protests last weekend at Fort Benning to stand trial.

The four appeared before U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth on Monday. They are identified as Michael Walli, 61, of Duluth, Minn.; the Rev. Luis Vitale, 77, of Oakland, Calif.; Nancy Gwin, 63, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Kenneth Hayes, 60, of Austin, Texas.

All four protesters face charges of entering a military, naval or Coast Guard property, which merits up to six months in prison on conviction.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Mr. Walli told Judge Faircloth he preferred to remain in jail until his January trial date. His request was denied.

The protesters gather each year to demonstrate against the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, which trains Latin American soldiers.

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DMac_357 11/24/09 - 12:10 pm
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With terrorism the way it it

With terrorism the way it it and the killings that happened at Fort Hood, these protestors need to be careful and really think about what they are doing. If they want to protest, protest but do it outside. If you illegally enter a military installation, you are responsible for the outcome if some Soldier takes you for an enemy combatant and shoots you. I'm also glad the judge denied the guys request to stay in jail. Go home and pay for your own food.

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