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White House Fence-Jumper From Stamford Rejects Plea Bargain

The image of a Stamford man wearing a flag as he jumped the fence at the White House was captured by Vanessa Peña and posted on Twitter ‏@VanessaVans.
The image of a Stamford man wearing a flag as he jumped the fence at the White House was captured by Vanessa Peña and posted on Twitter ‏@VanessaVans. Photo Credit: Vanessa Peña via Twitter ‏@VanessaVans

STAMFORD, Conn. — A Stamford man who was arrested on Thanksgiving after jumping over the White House fence while wrapped in an American flag rejected a plea deal during a D.C. court appearance on Thursday, according to the Stamford Advocate.

Joseph Caputo, 22, was expressing his right to free speech, expression and protest when he hopped the fence to deliver his own version of the Constitution, his attorney, Stephan Seeger, told the Advocate.

He has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful entry onto restricted grounds. The plea bargain would have kept him out of jail but put a misdemeanor conviction on his record, the Advocate said.

Seeger has 30 days to file a brief on dismissing the charges on free speech grounds, the Stamford Advocate said.

Caputo was arrested at the White House and later released to the custody of his mother in Stamford, though he was denied re-entry to the University of Bridgeport where he was studying criminal justice.

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