One of our staff members is attending today’s closing arguments at the Hazleton anti-immigrant trial in Scranton, and we will have a report later today. In the meantime, here is some media coverage of yesterday’s proceedings and the first dispatch from the AP about the closing statement by ACLU-PA legal director Vic Walczak.
AP (by way of Centre Daily Times): ACLU: Hazleton demonized illegal immigrants to justify crackdown
Times Leader: Defense witnesses talk gang activity
The Republican & Herald: In last day of tesimony, experts defend Hazleton’s ordinance
Also, a reader commented on my post from last Saturday, “Postcard from Scranton,” and reminded me that some of our plaintiffs in the Dover trial also received threatening hate mail. Although we tend to look back on the Dover intelligent design trial with a level of fondness, it was not all fun and games, and the reader’s comment reminded me that after the decision Judge Jones required protection from US Marshalls for a time due to death threats.
When elected officials and other public figures use religion, ethnicity, or other factors to divide communities, it tends to bring out the worst in people.
Andy in Harrisburg