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Beale AFB anti-drone protesters denied a jury trial

Against a backdrop of furor – both at home and abroad – over the Obama administration's use of killer drones, five protesters who oppose the policy and who are charged with trespassing at Beale Air Force Base were told Thursday by a federal judge that they will not get a jury trial.

Defense lawyer Mark Reichel said when contacted after the hearing: "This is a political prosecution, and the defendants should not be judged by a branch of the federal government but by a jury of their peers."

The hearing was short, but not so sweet for the defense. In addition to denying the defendants a jury trial, U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney barred them from claiming that their actions were a benefit to society.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/28/5530481/no-jury-trial-for-b...