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looks like a repeat of Communist Russia.

May 9: Judge Timothy McGinty forcibly incarcerated Carol Fisher in the psych unit of the Cuyahoga County Jail in downtown Cleveland, where she now sits for an indefinite period of time.

In a hastily called hearing yesterday, Judge McGinty made a highly unusual and outrageous decision to force Carol to undergo a state psychological exam as part of her pre-sentencing investigation. From the very start of Carol's case, the judge has openly said that she must have mental problems for resisting an unlawful and brutal encounter with Cleveland Heights police. He went even further in yesterday's hearing, saying that her opposition to the Bush regime makes her "delusional."

The small courtroom on the 21st floor of the Justice Center was ringed with 5 armed court bailiffs. McGinty started off the hearing by making Carol stand up and had one of her attorneys read her t-shirt, which said:

"Wanted for Illegally Crossing Borders: The Bush Regime

"If you are going to insist that crossing borders illegally is a crime which cannot be tolerated, how about George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice (and yes, Colin Powell) and the rest of that gang, with their highly illegal, and violent, 'crossing of the border'-into Iraq, among other places?!"

McGinty then said this was proof of her delusion! He also kept saying Carol "wants" to go to jail, and that she has a "martyr complex." When Carol tried to explain why she wouldn't take this test, the judge's only response was, "I do not negotiate with felons."

Does Carol really want to go to jail? No! But she is not willing to comply with a vindictive court ordered test to "prove" her sanity. And more than that, she is taking a stand for everyone who is angry and fearful of a government that, under the rubric of "national security and the war on terror," willfully and unapologetically tramples on the most basic rights of privacy. Think about this in light of the NSA spying scandal, and now Bush wants to install the head of the notorious NSA to be CIA chief! As Carol said before she went to jail, "I'd be crazy to go along with this shit! That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn--or be forced--to accept."

Just look at this whole case: a woman posts a "Bush Step Down" poster on a telephone pole, being brutalized by the police in the process, and now not only faces 3 years in prison but also a mandatory psych exam. As Terry Gilbert, one of Carol's attorneys said, "This is Gulag stuff--saying that people who are dissidents are crazy." He further added that in his 33 years of practicing law, he has never seen anything like this.

Is this the kind of country you want to live in?

On the phone this morning, Carol Fisher stated that, in addition to sending her to the psych unit, McGinty has also put her on "suicide watch"! They have taken away her eyeglasses. And if she refuses the psych exam, she will be forcibly sent to North Coast Mental Institute for a 20 day evaluation.

Legal challenges are continuing, including seeking a writ of habeas corpus.

When the transcripts are available to the public, they will show how outrageous this hearing was.

(Click here for previous news and more information about Carol Fishers arrest and trial)


*Donate to Carol's legal defense. It costs a lot of money to get transcripts, file appeals, etc. Make checks payable to "Carol Fisher Defense Fund" and mail to "NION/WCW PO Box 609034 Cleveland, OH 44109.

*Call Judge Timothy McGinty and express your outrage: 216-443-8758

*Join us at a "Speak Out!" for Carol Fisher - Saturday, May 13 at 7pm at the corner of Coventry and Euclid Heights Blvd in Cleveland Heights.

*Get your legal organization to be part of Carol's defense: make statements, file friend of the court briefs, etc.

*Have your church group, school group, organization or club join this battle by sending statements of support, donating funds, etc.

*Request radio stations play any of the following songs, dedicate it to Carol Fisher and explain what is going on with her case:
Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down"
Pearl Jam's "World Wide Suicide"
Pink's "Dear Mr President"
Neil Young's "Let's Impeach the President"

*Write letters to the editor of:
The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Go to website: www.cleveland.com\plaindealer\lettertoeditor
The Cleveland Free Times. Email:  editor@freetimes.com
The Sun Press. Email:  sun@sunnews.com

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,, 11.May.2006 11:41


they nearly killed me with drugs. you MUST get her out!!

Ohio 11.May.2006 16:35

Fuller/Tesla '08

I guess most folks realize, but maybe not all, that Ohio is the test state for the new police state. If you have been following Ohio B.S. at all over the past few years, the thread becomes quite obvious. As goes Ohio, so goes the nation. Other states have similar stuff happening, but nothing as bold or outrageous as Ohio, it seems. Interesting times. Luckily it won't matter soon. As soon as Oil gets up to 90.00 or so, the military industrial complex will become prohibitively expensive - especially since practically the entire treasury has been transferred to Halliburton & similar. Dig in, know your power & love rules. Peace.

prohibitively expensive? 11.May.2006 16:48

i doubt it

when has lack of funds ever stopped the government from going to war? money is no object for them. its fake. they dont care how much they spend because they arent accountable for it. just look at the billions being spent on the war. we are already in debt, but it doesnt matter, because the government is not affected by whether or not they have actual money in the bank to spend. cheers

it has happened in Salem Oregon 11.May.2006 16:58


they have ways to get you into the psych unit for political reasons, and use them when the police can't arrest you for a crime.
be sure to have friends and lawyers available at all times unless you really know how to "hide your light" and intend to USE on your civil rights.
Ohio IS unique, given the pronouncements of the right-wingnut judge in the story above, and Clevland has been used as a training ground for urban warfare with the consent of it's Mayor.
The people there should vote him out.

links for more monkey business in Ohio 11.May.2006 17:43

Jody Paulson

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Let's not forget head of Ohio elections Kenneth Blackwell, who had stocks in Diebold voting machines, the Noe/GOP Coin Scandal, massive voter fraud in 2004 ...

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Holy Toledo, it's Coingate!
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Lost in a Hate Mongers World 11.May.2006 19:41

Joe A

it isn't the mirrors make you look ugly 11.May.2006 19:56


Soviets used to pull the same thing with disedents. hey, it you are going to take on the mighty government, a fight you can't possible win, then you must be crazy. And the disedents were praised for thier stand, here is the US, not under the "evil empire".

What? 11.May.2006 21:05


That's no court! Total injustice! Free speech on her t-shirt, and putting up a poster against Bush...these are no chargeable offenses. Get off her case and release this sane woman! A psych test, never!

what felony 12.May.2006 08:54


Not that it impacts the fact that this treatment is a total crock of shit, but the judge stated that "I do not negotiate with felons".

Does she have a past conviction(s), or was he referring to the current charge that brought her before the court?



Maybe it was her name...Carol Fisher...seems D4 Henchmen don't like people fishin for the TRUTH in their GolDen pond (D4 = Deny, Discredit, Disable & Destroy). And let me see...what was the reason thousands died/were maimed in wars defending what they obviously erroneously thought this country stood for...and what was the last "reason" we went into Iraq? Please someone tell me the difference between what happened to this woman and the tactics employed by Communists, Nazi's, and other dictatorial regimes? Welcome to 1984 folks! Maybe time to heed that New Zealand commercial.




Wasn't it OHIO that CIA Director Goss made his recent commencement day address at TIFFin University while Pres. Bush was at O.K. University?
Something fishy going on here.

UPDATE: 14.May.2006 20:00

Joe Anybody, Repost from Cleveland Indy Media

Fisher made it clear that she's not afraid to go to jail, and that her case is part of a bigger problem - the fascism creeping across the United States. At every opportunity, she pointed to the need to drive out the
Bush regime. Fisher said she's being prosecuted in order to intimidate others who stand up to the growing police state.

This letter

And then this Feb 16 article here-->

April 29 - May 11 ...article here-->

Free Press Article

I have tried to find more info on this but not much out there.
Not much corporate links or mainstream articles if any at all.