13 Men + Women Chained Themselves To White House Fence And All They Got Was This Awesome Judge

U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola, who’s overseeing the trial of the 13 White House protesters who chained themselves to the fence to protest DADT, appears ready to laugh this case out of court: He’s asked federal prosecutors to find a way to resolve the matter without going to court (something prosecutors aren’t thrilled about). Says defense attorney Mark Goldstone: “The judge was telegraphing very clearly that he sees the case similiar to how we see this case: as a civil rights exercise, as a First Amendment exercise, as people who non-violently expressed their opposition to a policy which has now been repealed. So, what’s the harm to the government if the case is dismissed, or if the case is handled in such a way that it doesn’t result in a criminal conviction?” [photo via]