At June 1 court hearing: Apparent heated discussion with judge
regarding criminal trespassing charge.
Lesbian activists show up at hearing to intimidate Parker
supporters and influence news reporters (pictures below).
Case continued until Aug. 2.
View from the courtroom: Judge Robert McKenna argues with
David Parker's lawyers, Jeffrey Denner & Neil Tassel.
CONCORD, MASS. JUNE 1, 2005. At David Parker's hearing on TODAY at Concord District Court, it
was clear that this was not any regular criminal trespassing case. And
it was clear that the judge was annoyed that Parker was willing to
stand up for principle and not cooperate with a plea-bargain.
From the front row of the courtroom it wasn't hard to tell that Judge Robert McKenna seemed quite angry at Parker and his lawyers.
"I'm very familiar with the case," he could be heard saying at the
beginning, "What's so complicated about it?"
Parker had anticipated that the state would probably offer to let
him off of the trespassing charge in exchange for probation of some
length, while continuing to bar him from all school property. But
this involves (1) an implicit admission of guilt, (2) a period of
probation monitored by the state, and (3) other restrictions
-- including the fact that he still would be banned from all school
property in the Town of Lexington for an indefinite period of time.
Parker is adamant that he has not done anything wrong and is
willing to direct his attorneys to contest the charge rather than give in to pressure to plea-bargain.
Parker was accompanied by his lawyers from Denner O'Malley, managing partner
Jeffrey Denner and Neil Tassel, who is also a resident of Lexington.
There was clearly a heated discussion which, according
to one of Parker's lawyers, also involved issues surrounding
discovery. On August 2, Parker and his lawyers will find out if the state
intends to cooperate with his discovery-related requests.
Parker also holds that the school cannot allow adults to
introduce topics of homosexuality and transgenderism to his 6-year-old son
without notifying him and allowing him to exclude his child.
Our analysis: It's probably a safe assumption that the judge and the
district attorney just want all this aggravation and the media
spotlight to go away. But on the other hand, they can't just let
Parker off without angering the militant pro-homosexual lobby that
insists parents like him must be punished for speaking out. They're
caught in the middle, and it's not fun. And David Parker is standing
We'll find out more on August 2, 9:00 am, Concord District Court.
Lesbian activists at David Parker's June 1 hearing -
to intimidate David's supporters and influence the news media.
Their regular intimidation tactics . . .
On the courthouse steps. Second from left
is Meg Soens, a prominent lesbian activist who taught a workshop, sponsored by
the national homosexual organization GLSEN, titled, "Getting Gay and Lesbian
Issues Included in Elementary School Staff Development, Curriculum Development,
and the PTA." Note sign on right: "Lexington Community Action for
Responsible Education and Safety" - a common propaganda message of the gay movement.
Inside, in the hallway outside courtroom. Activists (woman in green
coat, and three others) surround reporters to make sure the "correct facts" are put in
Outside. Activists (note woman in green coat) crowd around television reporter
interviewing Parker's lawyer, Jeffrey Denner, to get their quotes in.
Getting on TV. Activists with signs also follow TV cameras around the building outside.