Obama Effigy Trial

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A grand jury has refused to indict two
Kentucky men for hanging an effigy of Barack Obama from a tree in
Lexington at the height of the presidential campaign.
Joe Fischer and Hunter Bush faced multiple charges, including
disorderly conduct, for hanging the effigy with a noose around its
neck above a sidewalk on the University of Kentucky campus.
Defense attorney Fred Peters said common sense prevailed among
Fayette County grand jurors. He said they realized the case "had
been blown way out of proportion."
Fischer and Bush apologized Tuesday for what they called a
"political prank." They said they hung the effigy after seeing a
similar display of unsuccessful GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah
Palin hung from a tree in a California man's yard.


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  • by JPB Location: KY on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    I don't think that the effigy episode would be considered treason, Mark/Danville. Obama wasn't the president at that time and even if it had happened afterward, it isn't treason. Outright foolishness, but not treason. Now the church with the members that provoked and protested at the soldiers funerals was a blatant disrespect for our fallen heroes. Probably just wanted their 15 minutes of fame at the expense of the mourning families. Sorry excuses for human beings, let alone representing a church ( I use the term church very loosely. Definition of treason: 1. Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies. 2. A betrayal of trust or confidence. Maybe the second definition would apply to the protesters since a soldier is a representative of his country. So when his own "countrymen/women" protest at his funeral it is a betrayal of confidence in him
  • by Nope Location: KY on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    Nope, Mark from Danville, it wasn't treason. For one thing, he wasn't president then. And if it was treason to do that, boy oh boy, would there be plenty of people in prison for all the lambasting of former President Bush, who was legally the president when all the fun was poked at him from cartoons to God knows what else.
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Jan 30, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    It was wrong for both effigies. I was angry at both effigies. The one of Sarah Palin and the one of Obama. You cannot tell anyone that if the effigy of Obama was on private property they would have gotten a free pass. It would have been just as hateful. We these young men learn tolerance and respect being thrown in jail?? Maybe they will learn about tolerance better if they receive some.
  • by Mark Location: Danville on Jan 30, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    So I guess that hanging an effigy of the President isn't treason???????????
  • by Cole Location: Lexington on Jan 30, 2009 at 08:45 AM
    Ashley: So glad that you left! Why are you on a Ky news website? Leave here as well. Veteran: Amen my veteran brother! Fred and his like should be charged with treason for what they do. It is shameful that they would hurt the folks that they did and use religon as a prop. Fred Phelps: God does not like ugly and God is watching you and your "church." Non- Kentuckians on this post: Why are you here? Just to bash Ky? WKYT: Ban Fred Phelps.
  • by TRUTH BE TOLD on Jan 30, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    I am not surprised by all of the hateful, racists remarks on this site. Remember never point the finger at nobody because what goes around comes around.
  • by rjpm Location: lex on Jan 30, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Ashley, I moved here from NY in high school. I'm still here. If it was that bad, believe me, I would have had been long gone by now. People who don't live there think poorly of New Yorkers and people who don't live here think poorly of KY. Who cares!
  • by Veteran Location: KY on Jan 30, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    NO, Fred Phelps, give ME a break from your idiotic ramblings about American Soldiers at their funerals. You and your ilk are some of the most dishonorable people I have heard of, right up there with "Hanoi Jane". You don't seem to realize that our soldiers, throughout our history, fighting and dying for a cause, are the exact ones who gave you the freedom to express yourselves in the ridiculous manner you seem to find appropriate. The disrespect you show our fallen heroes should be treason all in itself, yet you run free to spread your poison. Who do you think you can thank for that?
  • by Jessica Location: lex on Jan 30, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Oh, my God. These kids made a mistake. They do not need to spend 5 to 10 years in jail for it. If you are that sensitive to their actions, then it is you who needs sensitivity training!
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:03 AM
    I agree, leave Obama alone. He's gonna hang himself soon enuff.

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