A judge in upstate New York continues to egregiously abuse a tool created to protect vulnerable people from their abusers, turning it instead against pacifists to “protect” an Air Force Commander.
Mary Anne Grady-Flores has been sentenced to spend a year in prison for violating an order of protection (OOP) by being present across the street from the workplace of a man she has never met, but who has claimed she has him fearing for his life. To wit: she was photographing a non-violent peace demonstration outside Hancock Airbase near Syracuse, NY, which is the workplace of one Colonel Earl Evans, whom she is not allowed to get near. She had been slapped with the OOP after a protest outside the base in 2012 compelling her to stay away from Colonel Evans’ home, place of work and family. Judge Gideon, who has issued over 50 OOPs has made it clear that he is perverting the law to stop the protests telling protesters in court “This has got to stop.”
Not to play into stereotypes, but we have to note that Ms. Grady-Flores is a pacifist peace activist and grandmother of three armed with a camera, while Colonel Evans works behind gates and barbed wire at an military base with access to humvees, assault weapons and soldiers.
Click for a video of Ms. Grady-Flores’ sentencing statement. On top of the year in jail, Ms. Grady-Flores was fined $1000 plus a $205 court surcharge and a $50 fee to have her DNA collected. In Judge Gideon’s courtroom, justice isn’t blind, it’s a sham. His ruling is being appealed. (see OOPs and OOPs-a-palooza) **