The Boston Veterans Day 17 had their day in court this morning. (Here's a little reading if you're not familiar with the case.)
When the first veteran was called, our attorney stood up and said he represented all of us, so the judge allowed him to call us by name. As our names were called, we walked up to the railing and stood shoulder to shoulder. All of us.
The District Attorney for the City of Boston made a motion to the judge to turn this case into a civil case. That means the case would be heard by a judge with no jury.
Our attorney said "Your Honor, we think this case should be dismissed."
Before he got another sentence out, the judge said "I concur." There was a smattering of applause in the courtroom.
After control was regained, our attorney asked if the one case that was continued to January 10 could also be included in this dismissal. The judge agreed.
And thus ended our criminal proceedings.
To celebrate, about a dozen of us went to Mayor Menino's office and asked to speak with him. We told the nice young lady at the desk we would like to ask the Mayor to have Boston's Veterans Day parade held and controlled by the City of Boston. The Mayor wasn't in but the nice young lady said she would have someone call us.