Good news, and so quickly: The Associated Press reports that the Capitol Police, in a sudden about-face, has dropped unlawful conduct charges against activist Cindy Sheehan.
Police removed Sheehan and Beverly Young, the wife of Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, R-Fla., from the visitors gallery Tuesday night. Sheehan was taken away in handcuffs before Bush’s arrival at the Capitol and charged with a misdemeanor, while Young was not arrested.
Capitol Police did not explain why Sheehan was arrested and Young was not. However the unlawful conduct charge against Sheehan was being dropped, according to Deputy House Sergeant of Arms Kerri Hanley. And in a private meeting Wednesday, Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer apologized and planned to issue a statement, Rep. Thomas told reporters.
“They were operating under the misguided impression that the T-shirt was not allowed,” Hanley said today. “The fact that she (Sheehan) was wearing a T-shirt is not enough reason to be asked to leave the gallery, or be removed from the gallery, or be arrested.”
I have an idea why liberal activist Sheehan was arrested and GOP lawmaker’s spouse Young was not, and you can guess what it is. (Don’t forget Rick Santorum’s pal and his souvenir photo.) Suffice to say that the state of the union is still screwed, though it’s nice to see Sheehan off the hook. This time.