In what can only be described as a legal atrocity, an official of the Republican Party was convicted Tuesday in Fourth District Court of trespass–in a public building.
The conviction of Christopher Pentico came because a State copper told him to leave the Capitol Annex last March after making some legislators “uncomfortable.” The State copper also told him to stay away from other offices, including that of Guv. Butch Otter.
There seems to be only a slight descrepency in stories, but days after the 2008 warning from the copper, Pentico visited the office of the Guv at the Borah Building located at 8th and Bannock. He dropped off some documents, inquired about an appointment and left.
That’s when ISP copper Jenes Pattis chased him down outside, handcuffed him and eventually issued a TRESPASSING ticket!
After a year of court appearances, a trial was held before Magistrate Kevin Swain who allowed little evidence, found Pentico guilty, and set sentencing for May 11.
Pentico, a district 22 Republican committeeman, is known in political circles as a conservative with continuing issues at Boise State University over issues relating to funding clubs with student fees. He favors giving equal funds to clubs with religious affiliation. He also claims there is a conflict of interest in some decision making because the deputy Attorney General assigned to the Borad of Ed is husband of a BSU dean at the college of engineering.
The GUARDIAN has been told by sources that Pentico is “persistant, opinionated, and passionate about his views.” We were also told he has never been known to be threatening, violent, or rude. There is no doubt officials don’t like what they hear from him and he is said to have the “same old arguments all the time.”
It is difficult to get anyone to tell us about the matter, but not a single source has come forward alleging any security threats. If they guy was disorderly, disturbing the peace, or worse, he should have been charged with such behavior.
This one is certainly ripe for appeal and if a copper has the authority to ban citizens from public buildings without cause, this country has problems that go way beyond economics.
CAUTION TO COMMENTERS: The man has not ben sentenced and the case will probably be appealed. We felt it to be of such profound legal importance that it should be made public.
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