‘Catholic Warrior’ Thinks She’s Being ‘Attacked’

Remember that Tea Party-loving “Catholic Warrior” who tore down the Satanic holiday display at the Florida state capitol? She’s pleaded not guilty in that case and her lawyer is arguing that by charging her the state is engaging in an “attack on Christians.”

Capitol Police say Hemeryck walked into the capitol and vandalized the Satanic Temple display, which replaced a nativity scene, two days before Christmas.

When Capitol Police stopped her and returned the display, Hemeryck says she ripped the fallen angel out of it.

“We are not sure there was a crime,” Hemeryck’s attorney Mike Bauer said. “I think this case represents the state basically putting an attack on Christians. That would be her viewpoint.”

Her viewpoint would be monumentally stupid. And if you think you’re going to win in court with that argument, you might want to demand a refund of whatever you paid for your law degree.

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  • kevinalexander

    It’s the classic eights year olds ‘He made me do it!!’ defence.

    Might work, it is Florida after all.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    So if you’re the lawyer and the client insists that they plead not guilty and they insist on a stupid defense that amounts to a guilty plea, what are your options? I’m asking, not defending what the attorney did. Can you drop the client? Ignore their wishes as to the defense? What say the lawyers faced with this sort of difficult client?

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    Which one is it, lady? Warrior or victim?

  • John Pieret

    “I think this case represents the state basically putting an attack on Christians. That would be her viewpoint.”

    I’m sure the NeoNazis used the same defense when they painted swastikas on synagogues.

    It’s right in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the Vandals, for they shall inherit the united States.”

  • raven

    In similar cases in the USA, the police have labeled the act…a hate crime. It is a hate crime.

    And the difference is? Someone stole baby jesus out of a Nativity scene!!!

    What is at trial here is xian privilege. Can they do whatever they want to nonxians, whenever they want?

    I suspect in Florida with a jury trial she might well get off. Florida has a recent history of unarmed black kids being attacked and shot by white guys and them getting off a murder charge. I’d imagine satan the plastic angel doesn’t stand any better chance.

  • John Pieret

    Dr X:

    In my own state, New York, one grounds for withdrawing from representation of a client is:

    the client insists upon presenting a claim or defense that is not warranted under existing law and cannot be supported by a good faith argument for an extension, modification, or reversal of existing law.

    It’s trickier than that, of course.

    Another thing the lawyer can do is allow the client to state “her viewpoint” on the stand but not argue it to the jury and, instead, argue that she did not have the requisite criminal intent and/or raise factual issues as to whether her actions were intentional or accidental and the like. What a lawyer cannot do is assist the client to commit perjury. If the lawyer has good reason to believe that the client intends to do so, s/he may have to put the client on the stand and ask him or her to give a narrative of events and not argue the perjured testimony to the jury/judge as a basis for acquittal. That’s a very brief and incomplete outline of what is one of the most difficult ethical issues that will ever face an attorney.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Thanks John.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Her attempted defense is exactly the same one a Christian who wrecked a nativity scene could use. After all the kind of Christian who did that would think the Roman Catholic Church wasn’t really Christian.

    Which brings up the interesting question of whether nativity scenes were ever the targets of Christian vandalism before certain Protestant sects and the Catholics came to terms.

  • raven

    Theft of baby Jesus figure may be hate crime, authorities say …

    www. cnn. com/2014/12/26/us/massachusetts-stolen-baby-jesus/

    Dec 30, 2014 – A pig’s head wrapped in plastic was left in the center of the manger in the … stole a baby Jesus from a Haverhill, Massachusetts, nativity scene …


    CBSBoston: Woman Charged With Replacing Jesus Nativity Statue With Pig’s Head In Haverhill

    HAVERHILL (CBS) — A homeless woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing a baby Jesus statue from a Haverhill church nativity scene last month and replacing it with a severed pig’s head.

    Amerellis Cermeno, 54, is charged with destruction to a place of worship, police announced Wednesday.

    She’s now in the custody of the Department of Mental Health for an evaluation.

    Cermeno is charged with destruction to a place of worship under $5,000, malicious destruction of property over $250, and larceny over $250.

    During Wednesday morning mass church members were relieved that the vandalism was not a hate crime.


    The one who stole baby jesus from a Catholic church display was homeless woman with a history of mental problems. She is still in custody and still getting charged with a variety of crimes.

    At least she wasn’t an atheist. I find it dismaying when atheists act like…xians. We are better than them or should be. After all, they’ve set the bar so low, you have to dig it up to even see it.

  • wreck

    “We are not sure there was a crime”


    noun ˈkrīm

    : an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government

    : activity that is against the law : illegal acts in general

    : an act that is foolish or wrong

    I think the warrior nailed all three.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Florida? Too bad she didn’t shoot it. Clearest case of Stand Your Ground yet.

  • http://www.aquaticape.org anthrosciguy

    Which one is it, lady? Warrior or victim?

    You know, Xena, Warrior Victim didn’t focus nearly as well as Warrior Princess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    So, her attorney doesn’t understand that vandalism is a crime. Sounds like he’s just as nuts as she is.

  • Alverant

    I’m more concerned about jury nullification considering who the victim is why the “warrior” did what she did.

  • StevoR

    Actually there’s probably a case for arguing that warriors are also victims too.

    But vandalism is also definitely and unequivocally vandalism.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The Catholic Online website says: Let us light a candle for Susan and all those who defend the faith.


    But when you click on the link you go to CatholicShopping.com and an advertisement for candles that cost $15.00 each!


    So it looks like Susan is being left to fend for herself while the priests turn her situation into a money making opportunity for the church. (She must feel so proud.)

  • kevinalexander

    Delivering the Suffering of Christ™ doesn’t come cheap.

  • had3

    Just need one juror to vote not guilty and there’s a hung jury and possible retrial. Most prosecutors won’t try a case more than twice. Or they offer a sweet-heart deal.

  • dingojack

    Yep a Christian warrior all right, this kind*.



    * no wonder the Catholics won’t help.