A Baltimore Circuit Court judge has dismissed misdemeanor charges against several war protesters who on Jan. 17 climbed to the roof of the Fifth Regiment Armory, where one allegedly poured blood on a sign.
The case against two other protesters -- Max Obuszewski, 31, charged with trespassing, and Richard Ochs, 52, accused of malicious destruction of property -- was expected to go to a jury today.
Judge Edward J. Angeletti yesterday acquitted four of the six defendants -- members of the Baltimore Emergency Response Network -- of both counts against them after determining that the state had failed to prove its case.
Police Sgt. John Christian testified that the defendants left the roof of the armory, but Obuszewski, of the 300 block of E. 25th St., had to be carried off. Ochs, who also left the roof, was acquitted of trespassing.
But a photograph taken by a National Guard captain showed Ochs, of the 1400 block of Gorsuch Ave., pouring what was described as a mixture of human blood, oil and sand on a sign at the side of the armory.
Angeletti also dismissed malicious destruction charges against Obuszewski and the other four defendants.
Acquitted yesterday were Brian Barrett, of the 1600 block of Park
Ave.; Maureen Kehoe, of the first block of S. Washington St.; Michelle Naar, of the 7900 block of Liberty Road, Baltimore County; Lin Romano, of the 300 block of E. 25th Street.