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Reverend "Guilty" of Trespassing in Representative Capito's Office

March 1, 2007

A religious leader has pleaded "guilty" to trespassing in U.S. Representative Capito's Charleston office, after spending 10 hours in her office waiting room waiting for information on Iraq that was never forthcoming. The Rev. Jim Lewis with the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia says his "trespassing" crime is minor compared to the "trespassing" crimes he sees for the U.S. in Iraq.

"Nobody in the Justice Department has received a citation for having trespassed on the Constitution by using illegal wiretaps and surveillance techniques to spy on U.S. citizens."

Rev. Lewis says he's personally known Congresswoman Capito for years and has heard her many statements of doubt about the Iraq war, yet she voted to support the "troop surge." For many, the Iraq issue can be a tricky political tightrope.

"The blood, sweat, and tears of a lot of people who are being made refugees, and are being killed, and being wounded. That's what interests me."

The "crimes" cited by the Reverend Lewis are seen by some as key to fighting terrorism. In Charleston Minicipal Court, Lewis was ordered to pay a $50 fine, or contribute a day of community service.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WV