From the onset of the case, Judge McGinty
openly claimed Fisher suffered from "mental problems" for resisting a brutal
encounter on Jan. 28 when Cleveland Heights police manhandled and arrested her
even after complying with orders to not display the anti-Bush posters on a
downtown Cleveland Heights street.
And during a last minute May 9 hearing,
Judge McGinty said Fischer's opposition to the Bush administration makes her
Terry Gilbert, one of
Fisher's attorney, said in more than 30 years of practicing law, he has never
seen "anything remotely like this," adding legal challenges are ongoing,
including a writ of habeas corpus.
"This is gulag stuff," said Gilbert. "Is
this the kind of country you want to live in when dissidents are determined to
In a phone call after being put in the
psych ward, Fisher said her eyeglasses were taken, she was put on suicide watch
and if she doesn't comply with the psych examination, she will be sent to the
North Coast Mental Institute for a 20 day evaluation.
During the hearing, Judge McGinty made
other strange requests baffling attorneys, asking defense counsel to openly read
a lengthy message on Fisher's t-shirt, saying:
"Wanted for Illegally Crossing Borders:
The Bush Regime. If you are going to insist that crossing borders illegally is a
crime which cannot be tolerated, how about George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald
Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice (and yes, Colin Powell) and the rest of that gang,
with their highly illegal, and violent, 'crossing of the border'-into Iraq,
among other places?!"
Judge McGinty then said this was proof of
her delusional state, adding that "Carol wants to go to jail and that she has a
martyr complex." Fisher had initially refused to taking a state ordered, saying
there was no reason for it due to the fact American citizens have the right to
express political opinions in an open and honest fashion.
However, Judge McGinty's response to
Fisher's refusal and statements was simply that "I don't negotiate with felons."
"I'd be crazy to go along with the psych
test," said Fisher, adding she feared being railroaded by crooked state
psychiatrists based on her opposition to the Bush administration. "That which
you will resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn or be forced to accept."
And looking back on the entire Fisher
story, starting with the Jan. 28 police brutality incident involving the
anti-Bush posters, her case is a stark example of the fascist climate existing
in America, an unsettling climate were dissidents are punished and authority
figures are allowed to trample on civil rights.
As reported in the Arctic Beacon
as well as being a guest on Greg Szymanski's radio show the Investigative
Journal, Fisher said she was brutalized by Cleveland Heights police,
charged with two counts of felony assault and held incommunicado under police
custody in the hospital even after complying with orders not to post the anti-
"The facts show that I was willing to take
the posters down as the officer requested. But I was arrested anyway. Yet the
prosecution intends to distort the facts and police still promote the lie that I
was arrested because I refused to comply, and attacked them," said Fisher.
"The real point here is, there need to be
more posters all over the place demanding an end to the Bush Regime! The facts
clear and simple: I was wrongly arrested and assaulted for putting up anti-Bush
posters. I was further punished for defying them.
"What about my injuries, trauma,
intimidation, a threat on my life, being labeled a crazy wildcat, held
incommunicado for six hours, forced to undress in front of four male policemen,
and now the loss of my job? And most of all, what about the fact that all this
happened because I put up a poster calling for active opposition to the Bush