- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Four peace activists who spilled human blood on an American flag to protest the war in Iraq were convicted of damaging governmental property, but escaped the most serious charge against them.

The four members of the Catholic Worker Movement, a social justice organization, were acquitted Monday of conspiracy to impede an officer of the United States, said group spokesman Tarik Abdelazim. They also were convicted of entering a military recruiting station for unlawful purposes.

The defendants — Daniel Burns, 45; Peter DeMott, 58; and sisters Teresa Grady, 39; and Clare Grady, 46 — splattered their blood on the windows, walls, posters, pictures and an American flag at an Army and Marine Corps recruiting station near Ithaca.

The Ithaca residents were arrested March 17, 2003. Dubbed the “St. Patrick’s Four,” the group said that under international law they were not guilty of a crime, and compared their actions to those of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Susan B. Anthony.

“That blood was already on the flag,” Clare Grady testified. “We just made it visible.”

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