Green Delaware Action Alert #84
Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner¹s Capital Police invade House of Representatives, arrest Green Delaware representative
USA, January 17, 2001. Here is the story, and the theme song
of the incoming Minner Administration:
January 17, 2001
Terry R. Spence, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Dear Speaker Spence:
Yesterday, January 16, at about 2:45, I was observing your House going into session. I was dragged from the floor by two members of the Capital Police force, handcuffed, chained to a bench in a cell, and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. I was released on an unsecured bond on the "Condition of bail" that "DEFENDANT IS TO STAY OUT OF LEGISLATIVE HALL....." Capital police sergeant Thomas D. Kashner claimed that my presence in Leg Hall would be a threat to the ability of the General Assembly to operate, and Justice of the Peace Agnes Pennella accepted his argument.
The Capital Police are under the control of the Secretary of Public Safety and thus part of the Executive Branch. We suggest to you that these "storm trooper" methods are a fundamental challenge to the independence and integrity of the Legislative Branch of Delaware's government. From our point of view they are a blatant attempt to prevent Green Delaware from participating in the democratic process.
Green Delaware, along with the Southern New Castle County Alliance and others, was planning a press conference in the lobby today to call attention to the threat posed to Southern New Castle County by the Odessa National development, and to ask for action by the General Assembly on land use issues. Odessa National is opposed by numerous parties but has "mysterious" political support. The Delaware Department of Transportation, which originally identified numerous traffic problems that would be caused by Odessa National, changed its position and endorsed the project without credible explanations. Here is one possibility: Odessa National interests have apparently contributed at least $2650 to the Minner election campaign, and Penn International Land Company, the promoter, is listed as a Gold Sponsor ($10,000?) of the Inaugural. Mr. Bolis of Penn International was observed seated in the VIP section at the Inauguration. He was not arrested.
We hope and expect that you, and the other members of the General Assembly, will rise to the challenge posed by this unpleasant occasion. You are aware that Green Delaware has not, and never would, disrupt the General Assembly. We think that, at the very lease, all charges against us should be dropped, the record expunged, and a written apology should be forthcoming to both Green Delaware and to the General Assembly for this flagrant invasion of its dignity and it prerogatives. The ban on my presence in Legislative Hall should be lifted immediately.
Rep. Richard Cathcart
This is not the first time that police have been used to harass Green Delaware. Our past experiences tell us to stand firm and carry on. We will be seeking help from the American Civil Liberties Union. Stand by for more details.
is a case where we really need as much response as possible. If Nazi-like
tactics are tolerated in the name of "security," nobody with any opinions
about anything will be safe in Delaware: Please contact: Governor
Minner: firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX 302.739.2775, phone 302.739.4101 Attorney
General Jane Brady, Attorney.General@State.DE.US, FAX 302.577.6630. phone
302.577.8400 If you live in Delaware, call your Senator and Representative.
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