I do not believe city governments should ever be able to put someone in jail for building code violations.
I am sympathetic to the complaint that he was a nuisance. I am not sympathetic to a city jailing him for being a nuisance.Residential means just that, a place to live, and yes, occasional social gatherings are OK. The regular mass meetings (for ANY reason stated in the law), blocking the street and denying the neighbors use of parking, was violating the zoning laws on a regular basis. Pretending that this was NOT a violation of the law, based on "home use rights" or "religious freedom" did not work, and should not work, just as your right to swing your arm freely ends where my nose begins.
I don't believe anyone said he wasn't.He was charged with a local law violation, tried in court, found guilty and sentenced to jail.
Nevertheless, which is more damaging?The Obama immigration law issue is frustrating, as deciding to ignore federal law enforcement is not a presidential power yet, short of impeachemnt, there is nothing that can be done about it. It violates no local ordinance so DC police can not jail him.