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Charges dropped against Notre Dame commencement protesters

Catholic World News - May 05, 2011

An Indiana prosecutor has dropped criminal charges against the pro-life demonstrating who were arrested for trespassing while protesting the appearance by President Barack Obama at Notre Dame commencement exercises in May 2009.

The charges against the "Notre Dame 88" were dropped after university officials informed the prosecutor that they no longer wished to press charges.

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  • Posted by: filioque - May. 06, 2011 3:40 PM ET USA

    Fr. Jenkins would have been better advised to have issued no statement. The one he issued is so obviously duplicitous that it only compounds the university's guilt. Why did he wait two years to drop charges? How can he claim that Notre Dame "remain[s] committed to continuing our work to support life from conception to natural death?" Apparently that is only an abstract principle for him with no real-world consequences. Alas, Notre Dame.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - May. 06, 2011 8:44 AM ET USA

    God bless those who had to endure this hardship of threatened prosecution for doing what was right in steadfast defense of tiny defenseless children. May the college leadership do more than drop prosecution; may they open their hearts to the babies who are subjected to these horrific abortion procedures before being thrown in the trash.

  • Posted by: imanxufan9901 - May. 06, 2011 8:06 AM ET USA

    Am I supposed to feel all better about Notre Dame now? I don't think so. They are just another former Catholic University who took the government money and said the hell with Catholicism!

  • Posted by: voxfem - May. 05, 2011 9:01 PM ET USA

    Why in the world were they being charged in the first place? The university wasn't hurt by them.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 05, 2011 7:53 PM ET USA

    Why should they press charges? They had their lovefest with the President, and it wouldn't look good to call attention to this matter further.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - May. 05, 2011 6:54 PM ET USA


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