For the most part, the crime of trespassing is a non-malevolent, neither destructive nor hurtful activity. By definition, the crime of resisting arrest implies action to avoid being arrested. That notion is quite different from the passive strategy of "going limp," utilized not to obstruct the process of being arrested, but to not assist in one's own arrest and to peacefully dramatize one's honest conviction that abortion is wrong.
Former Town Justice Sherwood L. Bestry's statement of infallibility, as quoted in The News Oct. 8, "Obviously, I wouldn't sentence anyone to a sentence that was not fit and proper," is particularly arrogant and consistent with his record as a pro-abortion jurist.
Considering the admirable intent of those who are convicted of both "crimes," it would be difficult to argue reasonably for sentences as severe as those imposed by Bestry and unconscionably upheld by County Judge John V. Rogowski.
NICHOLAS D. MECCA Williamsville