Judicial Watch to Represent Veteran Prosecuted for ‘Posting’ American Flag on Veteran’s Affairs Center Fence on Memorial Day

from – JudicialWatch.org

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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Ivan Berry
4 years ago

They got economic values: other peoples money. They got territorial values: other peoples property and in your face. They got moral values: trans, bi, tri, pedo, lesbo, sicko, open love (to heck with marriage unless for the earlier mentioned)–anything but (what’s that term the use for straight, oh yeh, cis. The only relief to be had is that the left only uses gangs and government weapons to impose their way. The US right use their own and with an agreeable government, their enemies are essentially disarmed.

4 years ago

Based on the information presented in this article, it would seem an easy win for Mr. Rosebrock and Judicial watch. Actually based on the information presented in the article, it is highly questionable why Mr. Rosebrock was even arrested in the first place, other than it is deemed politically incorrect to display an American flag or demonstrate any degree of patriotism in the progressive Utopia currently known as the state of California. However, given that the trial is going to be held in California and the judge hearing the case will most likely be a liberal wanting to “set an example” by showing the utter intolerance of the left for any view other than their own, the outcome of the case is, at best, a 50 / 50 shot.

Judicial watch is an excellent organization, that actually stands up for conservative values and the rule of law. They walk the talk as the saying goes and that is to be respected. They just don’t say they stand for conservative values and then turn around and promote something completely different like some other organizations do.

4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Hi PaulE, this reminds of the American youth who was reprimanded somewhere else in sunny Communistic California for trying to take down a Mexican flag that someone hoisted at a public school in honor of Cinco de Mayo. And the Progressively Communist Democrats are angry with the Americans who voted for Trump? It’s time to walk tall and wield a big stick!

4 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Hi Rik,

Yeah there are definitely similarities to that story. The way I look at it is this should all be an educational experience for those that continue to be delusional and call for “bi-partisanship” (code for us to surrender to the views of the left one more time), so we can all “get along” (code for keep our mouths shut and just accept the progressive dogma of the left). We are and will continue to be a deeply polarized nation until one side wins one way or another.

We are two diametrically opposed groups living within the same geographic space of our country. There is simply no common ground between the left and right, because, to be brutally frank, there are NO SHARED POLITICAL, ECONOMIC or SOCIAL VALUES. The moderates of the Democrat Party are long gone as evidenced by who the Democrat voters consistently send to Washington. On our side, there are plenty of moderates who still live in the fantasy of being able to “walk across the aisle” and reach a compromise with the now purely mythical like-minded moderate Democrats. However, with no corresponding counterparts on the Democrat side, there is no middle ground of common thought. Today’s Democrat Party doesn’t even bother to pretend to be anything other than for the promotion of socialist or communist values at this point. Which also happens to be completely representative of their core Democrat voter base at this point.

As I’ve said before, at some point the left will stage a violent event that will result in either significant injuries or even deaths. The mainstream media will of course back the left 100 percent, as they always do. However, while the Democrats can get their local police to stand down and allow the breaking of laws and escalating violence to continue, there will come a point where Trump will say enough is enough. At that point a federal response of some sort will be employed to restore order and bring those financially backing and those carrying out these staged protests / mini riots to justice. Either that or we devolve as a nation to the level of many of our South American counterparts.

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