Bond Set at $25-35,000 For Holy Name Easter Protesters!
They may be sitting a while in their bloody church clothes.
The “Holy Name 6” as they are called by their Leftist supporters were arraigned in court this afternoon.
Bond was set at $25,000 to $35,000 for the six antiwar protesters who screamed and squirted fake blood around on the Catholics attending Easter Mass.
CHICAGO — A judge set bond at $25,000 to $35,000 today for six anti-war protestors following an Easter service disruption at Holy Name Cathedral in the Loop Sunday morning.
Three men and three women were arrested at 735 N. State St. at the 11:40 a.m. service.
Cardinal Francis George was leading services at the Parish Center because of construction at the main Cathedral. The protestors discharged packets of fake blood. Some of it splattered parishioners.
Bond was set at $35,000 for Donte D. Smith, 21 and $25,000 for the five others including: Ephran Ramirez, Jr., 22, and Ryane J. Ziemba, 25, Mercedes Phinaih, 18, Regan Maher, 25, and Angela Haban, 20. Smith has served time in a federal prison in Texas for trespassing on a Native American reservation.
All six protestors were charged with two counts of felony criminal damage to property and two counts of simple battery.
As Cardinal George began his homily, the protesters stood up to stage what they called a Die-In.
The group denounced the Cardinal for meeting this past January with President Bush, who they label a war criminal.
Supporters of the protesters attended the arraignment today and are looking for donors to help raise the bail money for the “Holy Name 6.”
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Today’s hearing was in regards to charges of felony defacement of property at a place of worship in excess of $300; that makes the charge a Class III felony. The fake blood allegedly used in the action stained the auditorium’s carpet and 14 chairs, incurring a $400 cleaning bill. According to the prosecuting attorney, the cleaning failed and the carpet will need to be replaced at a cost of $3000. Special conditions have been set for all the arrestees which prevent them from having any contact with Cardinal George, Holy Name Cathedral, or the area of 735 N. State Street.
UPDATE: The O’Reilly Factor ran a segment on this assault tonight. It must have been recorded earlier in the day because they did not talk about the court visit today.
UPDATE 3: The young progressives face up to 5 years in prison.