A member of Anonymous, a loosely organized group that has been staging protests against Scientology in various cities, won a partial victory today in court. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office dropped the most serious charge, of criminal harassment, against 32-year-old Gregg Housh of Woburn; the other charges will be dismissed if Housh stays away from the Scientologists for a year. Here's the news release from the DA's office:
"A Boston Municipal Court judge today continued for one year the case against a Woburn man alleged to have disturbed proceedings at the Back Bay Church of Scientology earlier this year, and will dismiss the case if the defendant abides by certain conditions during that time. Judge Thomas C. Horgan imposed a one-year continuance without a finding in the case against GREGG HOUSH, who had been charged with disturbing an assembly of worship and disturbing the peace. If Housh stays away from the Back Bay headquarters of the Church of Scientology and its expected new headquarters in Boston’s South End, and if he does not re-offend in any other manner, those charges will be dismissed. If he does not abide by those terms, Housh’s case could be put back on track for trial. Also in today’s proceedings, Suffolk prosecutors affirmatively moved to dismiss an additional charge of criminal harassment against Housh. After a review of the evidence, prosecutors determined they could not meet their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt on this charge and could not in good faith move forward with it. Had the case gone to trial, prosecutors would have introduced evidence and testimony to show that Housh and others entered the Church of Scientology’s Beacon Street building in a boisterous manner during a March 1 protest, disturbing the proceedings and alarming those inside. Attorney Michael Dlott represented Housh."
HT: Universal Hub.
(Photo above, by Matthew J. Lee of the Globe staff, shows an anti-Scientology protest by Anonymous in Boston on Feb. 10, 2007.)
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