Re “Pie guy eager for another moment in spotlight” (Marcos Breton, April 23): While I am not the defense attorney for Sean Thompson, I am a proponent of any defendant receiving a fair trial before an impartial jury of their peers. Unfortunately, that possibility has been torpedoed by Marcos Breton. I realize he writes an opinion column. However, it is the timing, not the content, which I find especially troubling. Breton’s opinion should have been reserved until after the trial.
Greg Ball, Rancho Cordova
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Sean Thompson engaged in an act of civil disobedience when he hit former Mayor Kevin Johnson with a pie. Civil disobedience inherently involves an intentional violation of the law, but its long and storied place in our nation presumes a willingness to be arrested and go to jail as the price of placing a higher value on a political statement.
Thompson is not part of that honorable tradition. The court should disallow his efforts to turn the trial into guerrilla theater.
Paul Coble, Loomis
A moral issue
Re “Thousands March for Science to Capitol, advocating to ‘Make America think again’ ’’ (Local, April 23): Supporting science is a moral issue. Scientific research alleviates suffering by finding cures for diseases (remember polio?) and is critical to learning how we can create a clean energy economy for a livable world for the future generations.
That’s why my church, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, and other congregations marched for science, and why we’ll be there on Saturday at the People’s Climate Mobilization Sacramento as well.
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