The National Law Journal writes today:
Ye was charged with two felonies and taken to criminal court. Yesterday, the case was resolved and Ye was simply ordered only to pay a fine of $500. Federal prosecutors were forced to abandon their pursuit of two felonies after the judge stated he had no desire to have this case go to trial. The National Law Journal adds:The defendant, Ning Ye, a solo defense and human rights lawyer who is licensed in New York, was charged in October 2008 for a skirmish that happened months earlier in the vestibule of a courtroom in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Ye, who at the time was representing a man in a high-profile drug conspiracy case, was being escorted out when prosecutors say he became unruly. Ye was handcuffed and later strip-searched. He suffered cuts and bruises in the altercation.
We, too, sincerely hope the bulliness of U.S. prosecutors doesn't happen again, with or without a strip search.The presiding judge, Richard Leon, rejected the government's request that Ye serve a year of probation and take an anger management class.Assistant U.S. Attorney Karla-Dee Clark dismissed criticism from Ye and his lawyer that the prosecution was overreaching and that the case should not have been filed in the first place. She said the government takes "very seriously" how individuals behave. "None of this had to happen, and he knew better," Clark said. "We sincerely hope it doesn't happen again."