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Lt. Dan Choi & Capt. James Pietrangelo Subpoena Obama Over White House Arrest

Ben Smith reports at Politico:
The gay soldiers arrested outside the White House protesting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will announce today that they're demanding that President Obama testify in their trial on minor civil disobedience charges. Their novel argument: Obama himself called on gay rights advocates to pressure him, so they were just following orders. "Don't Ask" has energized gay rights activists frustrated with the White House's deliberate pace, even as Democratic leaders are frustrated with continued protests, as repeal is on track for next year.
Read a statement from their lawyers here. An excerpt:
The subpoena of the President is necessary for the defense to prove that Defendants were following and obeying lawful orders or directives by their President and Commander in Chief, and were therefore under an obligation and authority to act as they did in order to pressure him - in a non-violent, visible way - on this important public issue. In addition, these statements support the contention that Defendants were acting out of necessity, in order to prevent discrimination and greater harm to gay servicemembers now serving.

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