The Trial of the St. Patrick’s Four
March 25, 2011 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Trial of the St. Patrick’s Four (2006) 90 min. Documentary Produced by Amanda Zackem and Directed by Adolfo Doring
On March 17th, 2003, 48 hours before the bombings started in Iraq, a group of dedicated anti-war protesters poured their own blood on the walls of a military recruiting center in Ithaca, New York. They were charged in state court with criminal mischief and trespassing and the trial ended with a 9 for acquittal 3 no-acquittal hung jury. From there the DA decided to refer their case to the Federal government and the Saint Patrick’s Four, Daniel Burns, Clare Grady, Peter DeMott and Teresa Grady, were then put on trial in Binghamton, New York for conspiracy, a charge that carries a 6-8 year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. This was the first trial of anti-war protesters to be charged with Conspiracy since the Vietnam era.
In a climate where dissent equals disloyalty, the St. Patrick’s Four contend that complacency equals complicity.This film is about four people who committed an act of peaceful civil disobedience and features appearences by Howard Zinn, Daniel Berrigan and Noam Chomsky. Their story and trial brings to life the critical moment we are living through with regards to our basic civil rights. Join Amanda Zacken and the film’s director, Adolfo Doring for a Q&A following the screening. The funds from this screening will go to support the DeMott-Grady family.
$5 suggested donation