Social Justice Attorney Andrea Burton: Jailed for Refusing to Remove Black Lives Matter Lapel Pin

Published on Nov 16,2016
by InTheBlack
Andrea Burton, a 30 year old Ohio criminal defense lawyer, was rocketed onto the national social justice scene after she was handcuffed and jailed for refusing to take off a Black Lives Matter pin while in court. The Black Lives Matter pin was about one inch across, the size of a nickel.  Burton refused an order to remove the Black Lives matter pin from Youngstown Ohio Judge Robert Milich.  Burton told the Judge she was asserting her First Amendment rights.  “I said I’m respecting my first amendment right, that I’m not neutral to injustice, and to remain neutral becomes an accomplice to oppression.”  The judge held her in contempt of court, jailed her and sentenced her to five days.  After being jailed for five hours and the NAACP was called in to help, the judge released Burton pending an appeal of his decision. Judge Milich, who was already famous for announcing his refusal to perform any marriages on the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage, told the media that his own personal opinions had nothing to do with the decision.   The local NAACP chapter questioned that assertion and wondered whether the Judge would have jailed Burton if she was wearing a “Support the Troops” pin.  When asked by The Daily Beast, whether he would jail a lawyer for wearing a pin that said Support Our Troops, he refused to say.   “I can’t speculate on what a political pin might be until I look at it.  I just used the definition in the Black’s Law Library Dictionary, and the standard dictionary of what’s political.”  The Judge further muddied the waters when he said “There’s a difference between a flag, a pin from your church or the Eagles and having a pin that’s on a political issue.”
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