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The hearing started at 10:30am in Allentown, PA. Attending the hearing were George's wife, his son, and myself. He was represented by Paul Hetznecker, the attorney that won the acquittal of the protesters arrested at the Army Experience Center at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia, PA. Things went well with the judge describing the charges that he is now facing as "petty offenses".
The good news is that George is no longer under house arrest. He is free to travel throughout the forty-eight contiguous states. The ankle bracelet is to be removed, something George said he would get done today, of course. His driver's license was also returned to him. Lastly, no more drug testing is required.
The ordeal isn’t over yet, George still has to stand trial. The judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney had difficulty coordinating their schedules so no date was set. They were looking at the end of July going into August.
Some restrictions are still in force. George may not move out of his present residence, have a passport, or publicly identify any US Marshals or court officers associated with the case.
To conclude, things are definitely looking up for George, but it’s not over yet. One big issue is that his attorney still needs to get paid. Please contribute whatever you can to his legal defense fund at the ChipIn button at the top right hand side of this page. Even if you can only give $5 or $10 every donation counts. Thank you.