Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lunchtime Update on Day 3 of the Trial

The Prosecution finished presenting their case this morning and the Defense called their first witness - Defendant Justin Rodriguez. Justin did a great job explaining to the jurors why the Franklin Shelter occupation was a necessary action to address the crisis of lack of homeless shelters and services, and overall lack of affordable housing in DC.  We're reminded how the Franklin Shelter was closed illegally by then Mayor Fenty in 2008, despite widespread public protest against its closing, and since then homeless activists, advocates, and community groups have been fighting to get the building re-opened.

This afternoon the Defense will call the rest of their witnesses. Its possible that the jury could deliver a verdict by the end of the day today, and, if not, it should be tomorrow. So keep checking back for more updates, we'll keep you posted.

And if you're able to come down to the courthouse this afternoon, please join us in showing our support for the defendants. Remember that all cellphones and other electronics have to be turned off inside the courtroom, and right now the court isn't allowing these devices inside the courtroom at all, so you may want to leave devices you don't need at home. And don't forget to check out the Take Action page for more ways to get involved.


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