Veteran Kicked Out Of Courtroom For Wearing Army Uniform

Veteran Kicked Out Of Courtroom For Wearing Army Uniform

July 21, 2016

Veteran Kicked Out Of Courtroom For Wearing Army Uniform

Lt. Col. Fred Flynn is a disabled veteran who served tours both in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Earlier this month, at the Bannock County Courthouse, Flynn was asked to leave the courtroom by the judge because he was wearing his Army uniform.

Flynn had no problem leaving silently however he admitted to reporters that doing so left him feeling outraged and downright humiliated. He also was extremely disappointed in the judge that the only reason he was asked to leave was because he was wearing his Army uniform.

Flynn announced,

“I had to leave a courtroom that is based on the very Constitution that I served to protect”.

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It was the Sixth District Judge, David C. Nye, that eventually came forward and announced that he was forced to ask Flynn to leave the courtroom during the jury trial of another military veteran because the judge felt as though members of the jury could have been influenced by Flynn’s uniform.

Although Flynn currently resides in South Carolina, he had traveled to Pocatello in order to attend the jury trial for Dustin Sweeney who Flynn knew to be a local veteran of the war in Iraq.

“I wanted (Sweeney) to know that his fellow veterans were behind him through thick and thin,”Flynn said.

Sweeney was found guilty of possession and delivery of methamphetamine during the trial.

Sweeney is also being held for a handful of other charges, the most serious including charges that pertain to Sweeney allegedly shooting his brother in the leg.

Upon hearing about Sweeney’s charges, his former comrades joined together and held a fundraiser in order to raise money, so Sweeney could hire a professional attorney. Due to his comrade’s help, Sweeney was able to hire attorney Kelly Kumm to represent him.

“Now our fundamental disagreement (with the prosecution) is whether he should be sent to prison or if he should get some kind of help,” Kumm said.

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5 Responses

william anthony
william anthony

July 24, 2016

unbelievable that you can’t have what you have earned. what’s next can’t fly our flag? oh that’s right already going , sorry! no sad state of affairs.

Chuck Smith
Chuck Smith

July 22, 2016

If the above picture is of the uniform he was wearing, then yes, he should have been asked to leave as BDU’s are work uniforms and are inappropriate for court. If he was wearing his Alphas then there should be no reason for the judge, or other court personnel to ask him to leave the courtroom.

Luis a Reyes
Luis a Reyes

July 22, 2016

WTF, THIS WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS DOING TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT ARE TRUE HEROES THEY ARE NOT THUGS THEY ARE SOLDIERS AND VETERANS WHO PUT THEIR LIVES IN HARMS WAY FOR OUR FREEDOM. BET IF IT WAS AN SPORTS SO CALLED HEROE, WICH THEYREQUIRED NOT , I HE WAS EARING A FOOTBALL JERSEYS NO NO OF THIS WOULD HAPPENNED.

Stephen
Stephen

July 22, 2016

The judge must be Muslim. hate American military.

gail ulchinsky
gail ulchinsky

July 21, 2016

Who the heck are you to tell a war vet he has not the right to wear his uniform? Sir have you served in an actual war?

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