The United States vs Diane Wilson trial day 1 summary
The United States vs Diane Wilson Unlawful entry of the White House grounds on June 26, 2013 taking place at aproximately 1PM
Trial began at 9:30AM. Judge states no shirts with messages allowed. Shirts are to be turned inside out. Wilson presenting case pro se with legal adviser, Mark Goldstone. Wilson to return to court room at 10:30AM
Questions asked to possible jury:
Any heard of the event
Any of you work in or around the White House
Do you recognize any of the names (names of witnesses read)
Are any of you or your family employed by law enforcement
Any of your family studying law
Judge Richter expects the trial to take place in two days. Expects Friday to end at 4:45
11:40AM Jury selection complete
Evidence will be allowed as to why Diane did what she did.
12:25 The United States Opening statement
She went to where she knew she did not belong. The evidence will show Diane Wilson intended to enter.
Brief opening statement, less than two minutes. States Wilson placed drop cloth over fence.
Break for lunch until 2:00
United States presents first witness, Officer Kennedy.
Exhibit 1 introduced—surveillance video beginning with Wilson standing near fence, being lifted up to fence and falling over to other side of fence. In sight of video were also 3 secret service men and 2 officers. Unsure of number of K-9 dogs. Possibly two.
Officer Kennedy states he saw Wilson place tarp and was lifted on to the fence.
The United States presents exhibit 2—photo of fence and tarp. No actual evidence showing Diane placed tarp over the fence herself.
The United States presents exhibit 3—10 ft tarp
Defense questions officer Kennedy where he proceeded to state he did not see the “jumper” only heard the jumper was over the fence via walkie after 1PM. First saw Wilson on the other side of the fence.
The United States calls second witness to the stand— Officer technician Dusendschon, emergency team trained in SWAT tactics.
States he was “relieved she was not advancing.” He asked her if she had any weapons. “She said, “no.” She looked out of it. She mentioned that she had been on a hunger strike.”’
Wilson questions Officer Dusendschon.
Is it true you did not see me until after I was over the fence? Did I make any aggressive moves?
Officer Dusendschon, “No.”
The United States rests
Wilson opening statements
States she was in a “daze.” and propelled over the fence accidentally. It was an “unintentional entry.”
Defense presents witness 1—Tarak Kauff
Exhibit 1 submitted—photo of four people in orange jumpsuits in front of the fence.
Kauff describes photo. States that is him place the tarp on the fence. Intention was to get Wilson on top of the fence. The cloth was there to protect her from the spikes. He and Elliott Adams, who were both fasting assisted Wilson on top of the fence.
We were helping you so you could be up there to be visible. Not our intention for you to go over.
Exhibit 2 presented—orange jumpsuit worn by Wilson. One foot tear near middle of suit. Words “Shut down Gitmo” written on back.
Witness 2 called to stand—Art Laffin. He describes the day as a non-violent vigil. “We were there to call the President to an executive order signed by him and to put an end to indefinite detention.”
No questions to witnesses from the United States.
The defense rests
Jury left court room.
The factual issue is whether she intended to sit on the fence or to fall over. I can’t say if it’s proper to perch on the fence. Whether if it’s unlawful to sit, I certainly don’t know.
The United States appears to be presenting a bare bones case where the legality needs to be decided.
Certainly it’s not an unlawful entry if someone sticks a finger through the fence.
United States they will research and come back with an answer if as to if sitting on the fence is unlawful entry.
Judge states he can’t see how they would have a closing statement without understanding the law. Calls jury back into courtroom.
4:15 Jury dismissed
I can see you were most certainly surprised by the defense.
Defense legal adviser, Mark Goldstone
The United States failed to define what was private and public property
We need a definition that constitutes as a legal entrance The jury needs some direction.
There is no case law that staes that sitting on the fence is unlawful.
Court is to resume Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11AM for closing statements.