Update: Dan Choi was found guilty of one count of criminal misdemeanor for an obscure infraction of Parks and Wildlife federal regulation and was fined $100, The Washington Post reports. Choir originally faced up to six months in jail or a $5,000 fine.
Former American infantry officer Dan Choi could face up to six months in jail for protesting the since repealed “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” a policy banning gays from serving openly in the military.
In 2010, gay Lt. Choi and 12 other protesters chained themselves to the White House fence to protest DADT. Since then, the 12 protesters have avoided jail time by pleading guilty to charges brought th the U.S. government, but Choi refused a plea deal.
According to The Huffington Post, a judge was scheduled to hear Choi’s final testimony in his trial on March 28. If found guilty, the gay activist could face up to six months in jail.
Robert Feldman, one of the lawyers handling Choi’s case, said he believes the prosecution is being harsh on Choi because of the media attention he has garnered.
“They want him to go away. He is the gay man who is finally attracting the attention,” Feldman said, adding that similar cases have ended in nothing more than a fine.
Choi takes it one step further, saying the government is going through all this trouble to keep him out of the military.
“This trial is the only reason why I can't re-enlist,” the Iraq War veteran said.
DADT was repealed by President Obama in 2011.