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The Senate instructed the chamber’s attorneys Wednesday to represent members of Sen. Wayne Allard’s staff in a criminal court proceeding regarding the arrests of war protesters at one of the Colorado Republican’s district offices. [IMGCAP(1)]

Seven demonstrators were arrested and charged with criminal trespass on Dec. 4, 2002, after refusing to leave Allard’s Englewood office at closing time. Several of Allard’s aides present at the time of the arrest have been subpoenaed and could testify at the trial, which is scheduled to take place this week.

The resolution, routine in court proceedings involving Senators and staff, allows the aides to testify and hand over evidence connected to the trial. The Senate legal counsel will represent the aides.

The Rocky Mountain News reported on Dec. 5 that several of the protesters “were from the Boulder-based Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.”

The center’s Web site said its mission is “dedicated to research, education and action in nonviolence as a way of life and as a means for personal and social change.”

Web Meeting. Members and experts will convene Tuesday to discuss ways to make Capitol Hill Web sites more accessible to the disabled at the second annual Congressional Web Accessibility Day.

The event — which kicks off with an 8:30 breakfast in the Rayburn House Office Building’s Gold Room — will feature product demonstrations in addition to a panel discussion. Participants include Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.), co-chairman of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus; Ali Qureshi of House Information Systems; the Congressional Management Foundation’s Kathy Goldschmidt; and Terry Weaver of the General Services Administration.

To RSVP, contact Emily Adcock at (202) 454-6632 or eadcock@navigant consulting.com.

— Mark Preston and Bree Hocking

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