Foes of Chicago closing six of its 12 mental health clinics in
April will air their grievances today in a new venue – the Cook County
Five protesters charged with trespassing at the
since closed Woodlawn mental health clinic will use the
“necessity defense” according to their attorney James Fennerty, who
spoke at a press conference this morning outside the courthouse.
Defendants invoke the necessity defense when they claim to have
committed a crime so as to benefit the public good.
don’t deny that they trespassed,” Fennerty said. “But they were doing it
to prevent a greater evil — meaning the closing down of the clinics and
people not getting their mental health care, and not getting their drugs
or seeing their therapist.” Read more »