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Honor Court case dropped against protester who smeared blood on 'Silent Sam'

Posted February 14, 2019 4:28 p.m. EST
Updated February 21, 2019 11:48 p.m. EST

— A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appeals panel on Thursday dismissed the Honor Court case against a graduate student who smeared her blood on a controversial Confederate monument on campus last year.

Maya Little also tossed red paint on the pedestal of the "Silent Sam" monument in April, who was toppled in another protest four months later.

"My honor court conviction was overturned on appeal based on violation of basic rights," Little tweeted.

In a letter to Little, Associate Dean Aisha Pridgen called dismissing the case "the appropriate remedy," noting that "the violation of basic rights ... cannot be corrected through a remand of this matter."

Pridgen said any mention of the Honor Code violation has been removed from her transcript and the case file will be destroyed so there will be no record of it in the future.

Last fall, District Court Judge Samantha Cabe found Little guilty of defacing a public monument. But Cabe continued judgment in the case – no verdict was entered – and didn't impose any fines, restitution or court costs.