A federal district court judge ruled on Tuesday that a ban preventing protestors from camping and parking near President Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch is constitutional.
Attorney David Broiles, an attorney with the Texas ACLU, sued on behalf of Cindy Sheehan and other anti-war protestors who wanted to erect campsites on the two-lane road leading to Mr. Bush’s ranch.
US District Judge Walter S. Smith had requested the demonstrators and McLennan County officials to reach a compromise less than a week ago. His ruling that county ordinances put in place last fall are constitutional came unexpectedly for the anti-war activists and their ACLU attorney.
Broiles told the ”’Associated Press”’, “I can’t speculate about why [the judged ruled for the ban].”
He says his clients may appeal the ruling or attempt to reach a compromise with the county, according to AP.
Sheehan bought a five acre empty lot about 7 miles from Mr. Bush’s ranch last month using the insurance money she received for his son’s death in Iraq.
“We decided to buy property in Crawford to use until George’s resignation or impeachment, which we all hope is soon for the sake of the world,” Sheehan said in her newsletter.
“I can’t think of a better way to use Casey’s insurance money than for peace, and I am sure that Casey approves.”
But the former owner of the property claims Sheehan’s representative lied to her, saying he was purchasing the five acres for a Katrina victim.
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