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More 'Moral Monday' protesters resolve cases

Posted September 30, 2013
Updated October 1, 2013

— Nineteen of the more than 900 people arrested during a series of legislative protests this past spring saw their cases resolved Monday. The group had completed 25 hours of community service, part of a deal to get the charges dismissed.

Three others – a long-time civil rights activist, a University of North Carolina doctor and an attorney – opted Monday for a trial.

Wake County is hearing a handful of cases at a time, chipping away at the 940 total who are charged with trespassing and other charges for failing to disperse after weekly protests at the Legislative Building during the 2013 legislative session.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby offered the deal – 25 hours community service and $180 in court costs – to each of the protesters in an effort to clear the caseload.

Arrestees wouldn't have to admit guilt if they fulfilled the two requirements of the deal.

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  • geoherb1 Oct 3, 4:55 p.m.

    The protests were peaceful. The protestors did not block any legislators from entering the House or Senate. They did not throw things from the gallery. What they did was ignore what may or may not have been a legal order to disperse. That's up to the court to decide.

  • wildpig777 Oct 2, 9:32 a.m.

    politicans need to be reminded often that they are in Raleigh to Serve the people,, not to Opress the people. and politicans need to remember they are not there to line their pockets....

    most of the corrupton found in politics stems from the legal background so many have......... no surprise there-- huh?

  • free2bme Oct 2, 8:05 a.m.

    They deserve medals for standing up against this power drunk NC legislature. They should have never been arrested. Is it time to vote yet. What a disappointment the governor and the GA is to hard working citizens.

  • Mon Account Oct 1, 9:57 a.m.

    LOL, lots of "this should be their punishment". You can tell you're in the Bible Belt when the first reaction is 'eye for an eye'!!!

    We have a criminal justice system, people. It's being used properly, you can calm down now.

  • junkmail5 Oct 1, 8:22 a.m.

    THEY crashed the economy with their "forced" home loans- Stymiedurham

    Outright lie right here.

    They weren't "forced" to make bad loans.

    You can tell, because if they were ALL banks would've had the same problem, to roughly the same degree they made loans.

    That's not the case though.

  • Vote for Pedro Oct 1, 8:06 a.m.

    "Shoot, bankers crashed our economy . . . . "
    ======No they didn't and you know that's a lie right out of the Chris Dodd and Bonnie Frank playbook. THEY crashed the economy with their "forced" home loans to people who couldn't afford them to begin with. TELL THE TRUTH.
    stymieindurham

    Nobody forced anyone, the government encouraged banks to help folk's buy houses. The banks exploited every aspect of the law to make tons of money, betting against their own interest through companies like AIG. The only mistake in my comment was placing the comma after shoot instead of after bankers.

  • anneonymousone Oct 1, 7:53 a.m.

    So let me get this straight; they were offered the chance to pay $180 and do 25 more hours of community service for attempting to serve the community, which is a crime?

    Absurd.

  • MichaelOps Oct 1, 7:51 a.m.

    My Gosh. what a selfish waste of the hard-WORKING class' tax dollars. Enough is enough. I say make them REPAY for the cost of these childish antics - the police officer's time all the way up to the court costs. Every second, every piece of paper - charge them for it.

  • eoglane Oct 1, 5:30 a.m.

    group of folks begging for more handouts.

  • archmaker Sep 30, 11:03 p.m.

    They should have been fined also. If it had been the Tea Party People, they would have been fined and thrown in jail. The Wake County DA is biased. That is how I see it. lwe1967

    Actually, a few years ago the tea party came in, protested, disrupted sessions, and threw tea bags on the legislative floor - NO ONE WAS ARRESTED

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