Christ Pentico, the persistent pest to government types, was sentenced to 30 days probation Monday in the wake of his trespass conviction in 4th District Magistrate Court.
We posted a story about his CONVICTION earlier. He visited public areas of the governor’s office after a bossy state trooper gave him a list of places he was not welcome.
The GUARDIAN is concerned not with his conviction, but with the conviction, legal tactics of prosecutors, and a copper issuing what amounted to a restraining order with no legal authority to do so. Judge Kevin Swain offered about the lightest sentence he could: 30 days of probation and withheld judgment. Which means that if Pentico successfully completes his 30-day probation, the misdemeanor conviction will be removed from his record.
Prosecutors had requested five days in jail, two years of probation, a $200 fine, court costs and a no-contact order barring Pentico from visiting the Governor’s Office, the Legislature and the Department of Education unless invited.
The token sentence could be an effort on the part of the judge to discourage an appeal. Without a decision telling coppers and politicos they cannot ban citizens from public areas of public buildings, we have a threat to democracy. An appeal and a reasoned reversal at the District Court level would do a lot to restore confidence in the judicial system.
The Daily Paper ignored the story even after Pentico was convicted. To their credit, the STATESMAN is now sharing this threat to democracy with readers.
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