ATTORNEY HINTS AT FURTHER LEGAL ACTION
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 11, 2017) — The Hartford Courant reported on Monday morning that a breach-of-peace charge filed against Gateway Pundit White House reporter and speaker Lucian Wintrich by the State of Connecticut has been dropped.
On November 28, Wintrich was giving a speech at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus at the invitation of the university’s College Republicans group, an event which received prior approval. The name of Wintrich’s speech was “It’s OK to be White.”
After Wintrich had been speaking for approximately 30 minutes, a woman is seen in video footage approaching the lectern and removing papers belonging to Wintrich, which he later confirmed were his written speech. After the woman walked away with the papers, Wintrich left the lectern, followed her, and wrested the documents out of her grasp as she landed on the floor.
UConn Police charged Wintrich but not the woman who allegedly took the papers, Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) faculty member Catherine Gregory. In the days following the incident, Wintrich indicated that he had pressed charges against Gregory.
According to WWLP in Springfield, MA, Gregory turned herself in to UConn Police on Sunday and faces a charge of sixth-degree larceny and another for disorderly conduct for which she will appear in Rockville Superior Court on Wednesday.
Wintrich was defended by Connecticut criminal defense and civil rights attorney Norman Pattis of the Pattis Law Firm.
Pattis was quoted by The Courant as having said after Wintrich’s charge was dismissed:
The law permits the use of reasonable force to retrieve stolen property. My client was a victim, the thief will be in court on Wednesday. We’ll be talking to her soon.
Pattis said he and his client will be “asking the court to impose some brief period of incarceration” in the case against Gregory.
Free speech matters, it’s OK to be white, black, brown or anything in between. My client came to Connecticut and was treated like a criminal for no reason. He sought to obtain his notes back when they were stolen by reasonable means, the prosecution saw that.
This is the United States of America, not Nazi Germany. What happened at UConn the other night was shameful and they will be hearing more from us in the not too distant future.
Pattis’s comments can be heard here.
After the case was dismissed, Wintrich tweeted:
A 19-year-old student, Sean Miller, who allegedly broke a window after Wintrich’s speech was interrupted by Gregory was also scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
On Saturday, the Manchester, CT Journal-Inquirer quoted UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz as having said of the aftermath of Wintrich’s truncated address that it was “nobody’s finest hour, including the students and other guests who wouldn’t let the speaker give his presentation.”