In a case defended by Judicial Watch, Robert Rosebrock was found not guilty by a California U.S. District Court on Tuesday after the Army veteran was alleged to have broken federal law by displaying miniature American flags on a fence around a Los Angeles Veterans Park.
Taken to court by the Obama administration on charges of “desecrating” the VA property on Memorial Day of 2016, Rosebrock was cleared Tuesday of any wrongdoing.
The case formed after the 75-year-old Rosebrock hung napkin-sized American flags on the fencing of the VA building, a violation of a 1973 protocol making it illegal to hang any item on VA property. Exemption from the regulation only protects items hung with permission from the chief of the VA facility or by a designee.
Rosebrock was defended in court by Judicial Watch attorney Sterling E. Norris and LA-based attorney Robert Patrick Sticht. The verdict dissolves Rosebrock of a potential six-month prison sentence.
“Now that the court has rightly dismissed the government’s outrageous flag-displaying charge against Mr. Rosebrock, we hope that he and his fellow patriots will be allowed to honor the flag and commemorate their fellow veterans as they deem appropriate,” a statement read by Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton read. “We are pleased that Judicial Watch was able to step forward successfully to help Mr. Rosebrock.”
Serving in the Army in the mid-1960’s, Rosebrock and other veterans sought to protest a shared view of misused resources by the VA. Their presence had been seen at the Los Angeles VA every Memorial Day and nearly every Sunday since 2008 as they hope to see their branch better utilize its space to benefit homeless veterans.
Below is an informative news report about the case prior to the judge’s ruling.
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