Paul Gattone is a "people's lawyer" living in Tucson, Arizona, working at the law firm of Payson & Gattone. Gattone and his wife Joy Soler own a leftist bookstore and coffee shop called Revolutionary Grounds.
Father of Che Hise-Gattone.
In May 1992, the Communist Party USA newspaper, Peoples Weekly World published a May Day supplement. This included a signed greeting from "Southern Arizona's progressive community", most of who were known Communist Party USA members.
One of the signatories was Paul Gattone..
Communist Party connection
Even the judge who found a group of Tucson peace activists guilty of criminal trespass yesterday complimented the defendants on their commitment and integrity.
”I don’t believe your motivation was anything other than what you said,” Tucson City Magistrate Mitchell S. Eisenberg told the group, which has earned the nickname ”D-M Six.”
”I’ve never met anyone with convictions such as you.”
The group was arrested at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on March 1, 1998, after it crossed the front gate in an effort to inspect the base for weapons made with depleted uranium.
”It’s a timely issue now that we may go back to war with Iraq,” group member Lisa Kiser said.
”Davis-Monthan has confirmed that uranium is stored on the base and that, yes, we will deploy if there is a war. There are huge safety issues with those (weapons) coming in and out of Tucson.”
The six Tucsonans convicted yesterday of criminal trespass for entering Davis-Monthan Air Force Base without permission are Gery Armsby, Felice Cohen-Joppa, Carolyn Epple, Lisa Kiser, Dwight Metzger and Carolyn Trowbridge.
A City Court magistrate yesterday said the group violated state law by trespassing on the Air Force base and sentenced them to unsupervised probation plus community service. A conviction for misdemeanor criminal trespass carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Tucson police arrested the six March 1 after they entered D-M without permission.
The group’s attorney, Paul Gattone, yesterday wasn’t sure whether he would appeal the judge’s decision to Pima County Superior Court.
”A lot was accomplished here today,” Gattone said. ”I’m proud of them. The judge by his own admission learned something.”
- Peoples Weekly World May 2 1992, May Day supplement
- Tucson Citizen, Judge convicts, praises ‘D-M 6′.by Stephanie Innes on Dec. 11, 1998