Raleigh, N.C. — 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.