Posted by CODEPINK Staff
Just when Wikileaks revealed ten more deaths of innocent Iraqis at the hands of Blackwater mercenaries, the wife of Blackwater CEO Erik Prince was busy trying to convict peace activists for trespassing.
On Tuesday, October 26 in the Fairfax County Courthouse, Joanna Prince took CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin to trial. On the witness stand, Mrs. Prince testified that Medea had entered her home uninvited and then refused the leave. But the video CODEPINK submitted as evidence told a different story—that Medea was invited inside and left when asked. CODEPINK also got to talk about why the activists had gone to Prince's home to verify news reports that Prince had moved to Abu Dhabi, fleeing from a series of civil lawsuits, criminal charges and Congressional investigations stemming from his company's violent behavior in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The judge found CODEPINK not guilty. While the U.S. government has not managed to hold Blackwater killers accountable, at least CODEPINK was able to beat back efforts by the Prince family to intimidate activists.