Court: 75-Year-Old Vet Not Guilty for Displaying U.S. Flags Above VA Fence


A U.S. veteran who was charged in 2016 with the federal crime of desecrating Veterans Administration property by displaying two napkin-sized flags on top of a VA fence was found not guilty yesterday, according to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Robert Rosebrock, a 75-year-old veteran, had placed the tiny U.S. flags atop the fence at the Great Lawn Gate entrance to Veterans Park in Los Angeles on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. He and other veterans regularly gathered there to protest what they say is the VA’s failure to use the park properly for the benefit of veterans.

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“Now that the court has rightly dismissed the government’s outrageous flag-displaying charges against Mr. Rosebrock, we hope that he and his fellow patriots will be allowed to honor the flag and commemorate their fellow veterans as they deem appropriate,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in an April 18 statement.

Robert Rosebrock faced a six-month prison sentence if found guilty.

Judicial Watch attorney Sterling E. Norris and defense attorney Robert Patrick Sticht represent Mr. Rosebrock.

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