Tuesday, February 1, 2005
"Defense lawyers David Lane and Jim Castle asked the jury to acquit the eight of a charge of failing to obey a lawful police order "because it is the right thing to do."
They said the parade celebrated the demise of Native Americans and was ethnically intimidating to all American Indians, especially their children.
Eric Ruderman, a lawyer and jury foreman, said the main reason for the not-guilty verdicts was the jury's finding that the parade contained "strong elements of ethnic intimidation" directed at Native Americans.
"All we heard was that Native Americans definitely felt there was a strong element of ethnic intimidation," Ruderman said.
Ruderman added that if intimidation continues, the parade should no longer be held." [Jack Chin]