Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being called on to dismiss a case against a 74-year-old veteran being criminally prosecuted for putting flags on the fence of a VA building.
Veteran Robert Rosebrock was being prosecuted by the Obama administration after he put the American flags on the fence of the facility in Los Angeles. But Judicial Watch is asking Sessions to reconsider.
“Frankly, President Trump should ask why the VA and his Justice Department are trying to jail this American patriot,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement.
“The federal government’s pursuit of these vindictive charges against Mr. Rosebrock is mind-blowing,” he said, according to Fox News.
Rosebrock’s trial is scheduled to start on March 7. He is charged with displaying an American flag without permission, Fox News reported.
The charge is related to a 1973 VA regulation that prohibits individuals from posting materials or placards on VA property except when authorized by the head of the VA facility or a designee.
Rosebrock faces a criminal count of violating that policy during a protest last Memorial Day and on June 12, 2016. In the second incident, Rosebrock was not even the individual who posted the flag. Orfanedes told Fox News the reason why the police chose to enforce the policy on those days remains unclear.
Rosebrock is facing an two additional counts for allegedly taking unauthorized photos of a VA police officer on Memorial Day and during the second protest when conservative activist Ted Hayes was handcuffed and detained. Hayes is not being prosecuted.
Rosebrock, who served in the Army from 1965 to 1967, pleaded not guilty but faces up to six months in prison if found guilty.
The veteran, and other veterans, have been placing flags on the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs fence since 2008 to draw attention to what they believe is the mistreatment of homeless veterans.
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