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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque jury today convicted a University of New Mexico student who hauled down and ripped apart a Mexican flag flying over the campus last year.

Peter Lynch, 30, had claimed he acted out of patriotism, not racism, but jurors agreed with the prosecution that he committed criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor.

The jury heard testimony on Monday and closing arguments this morning. The verdict was returned shortly after noon.

El Centro de la Raza, a student group that claimed ownership of owned the flag, called it an act of racism. Shortly after the incident Lynch told KRQE News 13 he wanted to replace the flag for them.

However Lynch, who did not testify during the trial, has said it was inappropriate for a foreign flag to be flying alone on U. S. soil. The Mexican flag had been raised with administration permission for a campus event, and it later came out the U. S. flag was missing because of a communication breakdown involving UNM ROTC cadets.

Lynch said he alerted UNM officials that the Mexican flag was alone, but no one did anything.

Today in court his attorney said he was protecting an American symbol.

“I respectfully submit to you if the constitution on the First Amendment permits burning an American flag belonging to another, Peter Lynch’s actions protecting the symbol of the United States is protected activity,” defense attorney John D’Amato said in his closing argument.

But prosecutors said Lynch took it too far.

“There is no reasonable doubt in this case,” assistant district attorney Greer Rose told jurors. “We have two different admissions by the defendant that he ripped this flag in half and testimony he didn’t have permission to do that.”

Lynch is not happy with the decision plans to appeal.

“We were fairly disappointed with the verdict, and we’ll see where it goes from here,” D’Amato said as he left the courtoom.

Immediately after the verdict Metro Court Judge Clyde DeMersseman sentence Lynch to a six-month deferred sentence plus anger management, 48 hours of community service and supervised probation. He also must replace the flag for El Centro de la Raza.

News 13 contacted Centro de la Raza for their opinion on the verdict and sentencing, but a representative did not want to comment.

9 Responses to “Patriot Convicted Of Ripping Up Mexican Flag”
  1. BEADALONG says:

    First of all, this is “racist” coming from a group calling themselves (El Centro de la RAZA)?????

    In the article Angel sent, a ROTC guy called the police for this incident and then a jury actually declared Lynch guilty?

    I can’t believe how 100% unpatriotic all these people are, and the utter stupidity of the jury and ROTC guy!

    Would they like us to be declared Mexico right now? After all, there’s plenty of people here that already feel that way!

    AND these stupid cows fully deserve to be the Microchipped slaves of the ONE WORLD ORDER when the time comes!

  2. BEADALONG says:

    I would think Mexico must think this is absolutely hilarious as well as the rest of the world.

    How can anybody take us seriously when these things go on:
    1. The above situation.
    2. Allowing the border guards, Ramos/Compean to still remain rotting in jail whilst permitting drug runners to cavort around free?
    3. Leave our borders unprotected while procaiming loudly and often, the “WAR ON TERROR” while having most of our soldiers overseas chasing their tails in endless, winless borders & protecting other nations’ borders, yet leaving us as sitting ducks over here.

    Does our government really think nobody is paying attention to this?

  3. Eddie B. says:

    Is it still OK to burn and rip up the American flag?

    WE HAVE LOST OUR MINDS.

  4. Angel says:

    Here it is again Beadalong.

    Everybody listen to this.

    http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=72223

  5. Jimmy says:

    “WE HAVE LOST OUR MINDS.”

    No we have not.

    A very small minority has been ruining our country since around 1963.
    Even somewhat before that.

    In the upside down world, caused by the criminal elite, I guess this is normal.
    Give, we the people, some “real” and honest leaders. Give, we the people,
    some “real” fair and balanced media. If we had these, we could get back to
    living in a “normal” world.

    No more Alice in Wonderland.

    But, I know, I’m preaching to the choir.

    We have been hijacked by evil people.
    It is not us, that is the problem. \
    It is them.

    I sometimes think that these so called leaders are not even human.
    If you know what I mean.

    J

  6. Angel says:

    Jimmy says: I sometimes think that these so called leaders are not even human.
    If you know what I mean.

    J

    ————————

    They are not Jimmy. I’ve learned alot in the last 6 months. When I first heard about it , I didn’t believe it but now I do. It goes way back to ancient civilizations: lemurians and atlanteans. Get the book Children of the Matrix by David Icke

    Also go to http://www.youtube.com and in the search box type in

    Reptilians & Mind Control Part 1

    These are outstanding from Coast to Coast.

    There is a part 2-12 if you enjoy them as much as I did.

  7. Johnny says:

    Go ahead people! Tare up their flag the hell with them! They hang ours up side down and toss it in the trash so F… them sorry human castaways! Burn their flag, piss on it do what ever you want with it!

    I am so sick of these liberal judges and prosecutors! They are not working in the best interest of the community they are supposed to be representing!

  8. Johnny says:

    “Immediately after the verdict Metro Court Judge Clyde DeMersseman sentence Lynch to a six-month deferred sentence plus anger management, 48 hours of community service and supervised probation. He also must replace the flag for El Centro de la Raza.”

    WTF!
    Well they better start sentencing just about every other American out there to take anger management classes!

    I don’t know if it’s my head that hurts or me about to puke!
    I can’t take it anymore!

  9. Jimmy says:

    #6. Yes, Angel, I didn’t believe it either, at first.

    But only non-humans could be so brutal, behind closed doors.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVY1_w99XwA

    What hell.

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