Under the Dome

Protesters assert First Amendment rights, plead not guilty

Fifteen of 17 people arrested on April 29 inside the Legislative Building went before Wake County District Court Judge Dan Nagle on charges that they failed to disperse when asked by the General Assembly police. The protesters also were charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.

The Rev. William Barber, the head of the state NAACP and chief architect of the weekly demonstrations outside the General Assembly chambers, was among the group. They pleaded not guilty and asked for the cases to be dismissed. The group mounted legal challenges that could test the limits of restrictions that General Assembly police can put on people assembling peacefully inside the government building.

Demonstrators have said they were exercising their First Amendment rights, voicing their dissatisfaction with the agenda of the Republican-led General Assembly. Nagle did not hear the legal challenges in the packed courtroom on Monday. He set the cases to be heard in late September.

He said to make a decision on the merits of the claims, he needed to hear facts of the case and be able to weigh the challenges with what was going on at the time of the arrests. More here.


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Bored with it All!

These demonstrations, acts of civil disobedience, political protests, standing up for the poor, the rights of the oppressed are just getting rather bothersome and tiresome. I have to go to work, give it my all, collect my wages, pay my bills and try to make a life for myself. Why do these frivolous acts of the left, right, middle, or somewhere in between mount to a hill of beans. Spend your time taking care of the very thing you protest against! Daggumit!


I thought it was the "intent" of the demonstrators to get arrested? If so, how can they claim to be innocent if they knowingly and willingly broke the law?

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