By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
John Brennan, the man arrested in April for disrobing at the Portland airport security checkpoint, has been denied a jury by trial, and will instead face a judge on July 18.
According to Naked American Hero, Judge David Reese denied on June 29 Brennan’s petition to have a jury decide whether he was guilty of indecent exposure — a charge downgraded from a misdemeanor to a violation. While some would be happy to not face the possibility of jail time or a criminal record, Brennan had hoped to stand his ground in front of a jury of his peers.
“I’m frustrated,” Brennan said Monday on his blog. “We could fight to get my misdemeanor back, but that doesn’t really serve anyone, especially not me. Yet, letting the Multnomah County DA take away my right to a jury trial feels like a violation. It feels like a compromise I’m being forced to make.”
He believes he did nothing wrong or illegal.