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Two BC seniors jailed after Pentagon rally
By JOE VERRENGIA
One Barnard student is in a Virginia jail today and another was released on bail earlier this week following their arrest during a political demonstration at the Pentagon Monday. Sharon Kleinbaum, a senior from Rutherford, N.J., and Lynn Rambo, a senior from Atlanta, Ga., were arrested by federal
security police November 17 after they helped some 150 women block three doors at the Pentagon during a protest of the arms race and its contribution to violence in everyday life. Jill Ginzberg, a 1980 Barnard graduate and a teaching assistant in the biology department, was also arrested for a similar offense. The three were among 146 women arrested Monday afternoon and arraigned in Eastern Virginia federal district court in Alexandria on charges of obstructing federal property, according to a court spokesman. If convicted, the three could receive up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine, the spokesman said.
Rambo, in an interview yesterday, said she pleaded guilty and was released after paying $25 out of $250 bail. She is scheduled to appear in before Magistrate Quin Elson for sentencing on December 17. Ginzberg raised bail early yesterday morning and was also released. She was unavailable for comment. Kleinbaum, however, refused to post bail to "in a show of solidarity with those who could not raise the money," Rambo said. Her explanation, according to the spokesman, was interpreted by Elson as a plea of not guilty and she will remain in Arlington, Va. County Jail until her arraignment,
scheduled November 28. The spokesman said the ten days Kleinbaum could spend in jail may be applied to any sentence she receives if convicted. Most of the protesters who pleaded guilty to obstructing federal property, a misdemeanor, received ten-day jail terms without fines. Rambo said legal aid representatives who acted as unofficial counsel for those arrested, were surprised at the legnth of the average sentence. "It was harsh," she quoted them as saying, especially when compared to "the usual five days" or less judges often mete out for acts of civil disobedience. Some of those arrested, according to the court spokesman, were taken to the Alderson Federal Penitentiary, a maximum-security prison in Alderson, W. Va., to await their hearings after "we ran out of space in Arlington." Rambo said many of the arrested demonstrators sent to Alderson had been previously arrested for similar offenses at an anti-nuclear rally in Washington, D.C. rally last April and were considered "second offenders" by the court. The court spokesman declined to comment. The protest began with a silent march from the Arlington National Cemetery to the Pentagon at 8 a.m.. Three hours later, the 1300 women locked arms and encircled the Pentagon. Some 150 of them then blocked three entrances to the building, including the main door, in an effort to disrupt the Department of Defense's daily schedule, Rambo said. Federal security police moved in quickly and arrested most of the demonstrators who were sitting on
the Pentagon steps and blocking doorways. Rambo said women at her entrance near the loading dock unravelled skeins of multi-colored yarn and stretched it up to four feet in the air to slow the security guards as they made their way up the steps towards the protesters. Rambo said she and other protesters went limp upon arrest and were eventually carried by security guards to a processing center set up on a truck delivery ramp underneath the building. After being catologued and shackled with plastic handcuffs, Rambo and the others were bussed to the federal district court where three magistrates began arraigning the protesters in groups of twelve. The spokesman said the arraignments began at 4 p.m. and
lasted until 2 a.m. Tuesday. She described both the processing at the Pentagon and the arraignments as "quite organized" and said federal offcials were prepared in advance to make any necessary arrests at the rally. Rambo said federal marshalls ignored her when she repeatedly tried to pay her bail after her arraignment and kept her in a small holding cell with 25 women for two hours. While she was waiting to be photographed and fingerprinted, she alleged a marshall in plainclothes picked her up off her chair and threw her on the floor so that he could sit down and eat his supper, reportedly a three-piece Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner. The court spokesman refused to comment on Rambo's allegations.