Judicial Watch to Represent Veteran Prosecuted for ‘Posting’ American Flag

Judicial Watch to Represent Veteran Prosecuted for ‘Posting’ American Flag on Veteran’s Affairs Center Fence on Memorial Day. The 74-year-old is also charged for taking photos of VA police.
Judicial Watch to Represent Veteran Prosecuted for ‘Posting’ American Flag on Veteran’s Affairs Center Fence on Memorial Day. The 74-year-old is also charged for taking photos of VA police.
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Washington, DC-(Ammoland.com)- Judicial Watch today announced it will provide legal representation to Robert L. Rosebrock, a Vietnam-era veteran who faces federal criminal charges for displaying two four by six inch American flags outside a Veterans Affairs (VA) fence on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. Trial will begin on March 7, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA.

Rosebrock also is being criminally prosecuted for taking photographs on Memorial Day 2016, and on Sunday, June 12, 2016, without permission. The Memorial Day charge stems from photographs Rosebrock took of a Veterans Affairs police officer while the officer detained and cited him for displaying the two small flags outside the fence. Rosebrock also took photos of VA police detaining and handcuffing conservative activist Ted Hayes after Hayes displayed an American Flag above the same VA fence. Hayes, dressed as “Uncle Sam,” was not charged with any wrongdoing despite being detained and handcuffed.

The case, United States of America v. Robert L. Rosebrock, (CC11, 4920201; 4920202; 6593951), will be heard by U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Judicial Watch attorney Sterling E. Norris, a former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, and Los Angeles-based defense attorney Robert Patrick Sticht will represent Rosebrock.

The fence is part of the “Great Lawn Gate” entrance to the Los Angeles National Veterans Park, a public park on the corner of Wilshire and San Vincente Boulevards in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. The gate and park are part of a larger, 388-acre parcel that includes the Veterans Home of West Los Angeles.

Rosebrock, 74, along with fellow veterans, Hayes and others, have been assembling at the site nearly every Sunday and Memorial Day since March 9, 2008, to protest what they believe is the VA’s failure to make full use of the valuable West Los Angeles property for the benefit and care of veterans, particularly homeless veterans.

Deeded to the federal government in 1888 for the specific purpose of caring for disabled veterans, the property includes the veterans’ home, but also entirely unrelated uses such as a stadium for UCLA’s baseball team, an athletic complex for a nearby private prep school, a golf course, laundry facilities for a nearby Marriott hotel, storage and maintenance facilities for 20th Century Fox Television’s production sets, the Brentwood Theatre, soccer practice and match fields for a private girls’ soccer club, dog park, and a farmer’s market.

VA officials previously told Rosebrock that a federal regulation allowed hanging the American Flag and POW/MIA flags on the “Great Lawn Gate” fence, and Rosebrock, Hayes and others hung as many as 30 full-size America Flags at the fence at the same time without incident.

Rosebrock faces up to six months’ imprisonment if found guilty on any of the three charges.

“The federal government’s pursuit of these vindictive charges against Mr. Rosebrock is mind-blowing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Why in the world would the feds prosecute a 74-year-old veteran over the placement of two small American Flags at the entrance to a park honoring veterans on Memorial Day? Frankly, President Trump should ask why the VA and his Justice Department are trying to jail this American patriot.”

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Every Vet should stand one behind the other and hang the flag and force the police to arrest them. We will run out of jail space before we run out of vets. Just think what it would cost the state to feed and house all of the vets that are arrested.
Overwhelm the state with Vets willing to be arrested and clog the court system until it topples under its own weight. My God I am outraged, I hope this is fake news, because if its not then the United States is in grave danger of becoming a police state.

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What a damn joke. You talk about wron,,,,,,,,.g. I hope the American Veterans wins this case and let’s every one in the world know what the hell is going on! Shameful and disgusting

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If the story is accurate, there is only one word to describe this transitivity, OUTRAGE. The cop that arrested him, the judge that tries him and the politician that made hanging the flag a crime, and the director of the local VA facility should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. This is unf##king believable. Since when is it a crime to take a picture of a policeman? This has already been ruled on in several courts. IT IS NOT A CRIME.