Larouche Supporter Fined for Disorderly Conduct in a Synagogue

Janice Hart, the Lyndon LaRouche supporter who won the Democratic nomination for Illinois Secretary of State, was found guilty here of disorderly conduct for her actions in a Chicago suburban synagogue following her attempt to change the trial venue because the presiding judge was Jewish. Judge Morris Topol denied her motion. After two hours of deliberation, a jury found her guilty and she was fined $500, the maximum for such a conviction.

According to the World Jewish Congress Unit on the Documentation of International Anti-Semitism, Hart disrupted an address by Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland before the North Shore Congregation Israel Temple in Glencoe last year.

At her trial, congregation members testified that on May 7, 1985 Hart approached the Archbishop with a cardboard box and pulled out a piece of raw liver and shoved it at Weakland.

Hart claimed she was protesting his support for the International Monetary Fund which she said backs South Africa’s policy of apartheid. Prosecutors said that another LaRouche supporter was in the temple shouting pro-LaRouche slogans during the incident.

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