The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has spoken out on behalf of radical activists who were convicted and sentenced for trespassing and vandalizing Blackwater property.
In order to avoid having the activists turn his courtroom into a media circus, the judge closed the proceedings to the public after convicting and sentencing the first militant. The others were convicted behind closed doors, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
"It’s a clear violation of constitutional rights, not only of the defendants but the press and public,” an ACLU official complained. “They have a right to a public trial, so any trial that goes on behind closed doors is a farce.”