In October last year, a Delaware County marathoner sparked a protest after his car was ticketed while he ran through Valley Forge National Historical Park during the shutdown of the federal government. For a brief moment, John Bell, 54, of Chadds Ford, became a cause célèbre. Anumber of running groups rallied to his support with a "Patriot Run" to call attention to the park shutdown and the perceived injustice.
Bell contested the $100 ticket all the way to U.S. District Court.
This morning, Bell was convicted in a non-jury trial of parking in a closed area. U.S. District Judge Jacob Hart ordered Bell to pay the ticket.