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Wake prosecutors defer legislative sit-in charges

Posted July 11

Protesters roll out sleeping bags during a sit-in at Speaker of the House Thom Tillis' office on May 27, 2014. (Laura Leslie/WRAL)

— Fourteen people arrested in May during an overnight sit-in at House Speaker Thom Tillis' office agreed to deals Friday that will dismiss the charges against them in exchange for community service.

The protesters refused to leave Tillis' office for nearly 11 hours on May 27, demanding to speak with him about issues such as expanding Medicaid, extending unemployment benefits and restoring a tax credit for the working poor. They were arrested in the early hours of May 28 on second-degree trespassing charges.

The sit-in occurred during the second weekly demonstration of the "Moral Monday" movement this year. Last year, more than 900 people were arrested during the weekly protests against legislation enacted by the Republican-led General Assembly.

The 14 people charged in the sit-in entered deferred prosecution agreements in which they promised to perform 25 hours of community service, pay court costs and stay out of trouble for the next six months, according to court records. In return, prosecutors will dismiss the charges on Jan. 14.

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  • wildpig777 Jul 15, 9:06 a.m.

    well you protest outside any courthouse in NC and they'll lock you up. don't you know the DOJ thinks theyre above anything at the state level, and law enforcement will be glad to lock you up- theyre against the average citizen owning firearms anyone. the NC sheriffs organization {an anti- American freedom and rights gang} if there ever was one is on RECORD for supporting anti gun laws.... check it out folks I cant make this stuff up.

  • scubagirl2 Jul 14, 1:30 p.m.

    "What we need are leaders in the legislature who are willing to do their jobs for everyone as they are supposed to do rather than this bickering between one another and blaming everyone else for the mess they've made. They would love for you to believe that democrats, teachers, the unemployed, and the poor have been 'ruining' the most progressive states in the south. Now the rest of the country thinks we have all lost our marbles entirely"

    Well said! and we ARE looked on as a joke by many states. For lots of reasons-most of them political

  • miseem Jul 14, 1:08 p.m.

    Two words - Firing Squad.

    By this I mean get out and vote in November, fire Tillis and his cronies.

  • recontwice Jul 14, 11:46 a.m.

    Come on HAPD, you really think that we should spend more on court costs and incarceration for a... View More

    — Posted by Come On_Seriously

    Legislators who try to help the people they represent went out the the door when this state was turned into a right wing nationwide laughingstock!People see that we are wholely owned by corporations!Its even worse if you arent one of tillis "tradition citizens"!

  • englandumd Jul 14, 11:00 a.m.

    Funnything...you got it sorta right. The First Amendment "prohibits the making of any... View More

    — Posted by RAA0013

    how exactly if the Legislative Building private property, who owns it again?

  • RAA0013 Jul 14, 8:41 a.m.

    Funnything...you got it sorta right. The First Amendment "prohibits the making of any law...interfering with the right to peaceably assemble.." And there is no law against it but that isn't the bottom line. There are laws against trespassing on private property, which they did no matter what their intent, so they did break the law.

  • Come On_Seriously Jul 13, 7:16 a.m.

    Come on HAPD, you really think that we should spend more on court costs and incarceration for a couple of protesters? You're getting some community service out of them, which is far more beneficial to everyone than wasting the limited time and money we have putting them through the system.

    With all due respect, 'sending a message' that there are stiff penalties for nonviolently protesting and trying to meet with leaders who are supposed to listen to the people is a ridiculous a waste of time and money. It is only your opinion that it is nonsense.

    What we need are leaders in the legislature who are willing to do their jobs for everyone as they are supposed to do rather than this bickering between one another and blaming everyone else for the mess they've made. They would love for you to believe that democrats, teachers, the unemployed, and the poor have been 'ruining' the most progressive states in the south. Now the rest of the country thinks we have all lost our marbles entirely

  • funnything Jul 12, 5:33 a.m.

    your first amendment rights include:
    freedom from "interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

    that is why the charges were likely dropped. IMO- the prosecution has no case against the first.

    these folks were peaceably protesting as is their right in a government building which was paid for by our tax dollars, hence it is owned by each and every taxpayer. it was surely inconvenient for mr. tillis but ultimately no crime was committed.