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UNC protesters reject plea deals

Charges against seven campus protesters will be heard in September after one had her case continued and the others rejected plea agreements this morning.

Haley Koch, a Morehead-Cain scholar, faces a charge of disturbing the peace for protesting former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo's speech April 14, Jesse DeConto reports.

Koch and another student held a banner in front of Riley Matheson, president of the campus chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, as he introduced Tancredo, a staunch opponent of mass immigration.

Her case and those of six other protesters in a second campus incident were scheduled for Orange County District Court this morning but will now be heard Sept. 14.

The other defendants protested at a speech by former U. S. Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia, who also favors stricter immigration policies, April 22.

More after the jump.

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Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman offered to dismiss the charges of five of the six other defendants after six months if they stayed off the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, commited no other crimes, performed 24 hours of community service and paid a $200 community service fee.

That arrangement would have required them to admit guilt, which the students rejected.

The sixth defendant had a prior criminal record and was offered a plea agreement that would have required him paying a $100 fine plus court costs. He rejected that.

Supporters will rally at noon today outside the Chapel Hill courthouse across from McCorkle Place on Franklin Street. Speakers include Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP president Eugene Farrar and the Rev. Troy Harrison of St. Joseph C.M.E. Church.


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Re: Tancredo supporters don't know why they support Tancredo

Just checking in to see if Tancredo supporters on DOME still feel stupid.

100 people responding. Survey says...

Show me STUPID!

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[100] Tancredo supporters = stupid

Shame, much less accepting reality, doesn't become the Republican Party. What happened? You stopped attacking the messenger, and frankly it scares this political anthropologist that you might be evolving.

Tancredo supporters don't know why they support Tancredo

Did RTB invent a NEW term? Mass Immigration?

No Paul, Tom Tancredo did when he introduced the "Mass Immigration Reduction Act of 1999", the "Mass Immigration Reduction Act of 2001" and the "Mass Immigration Reduction Act of 2003" any of which would have imposed an indefinite moratorium on most all legal immigration to the United States. Obviously, Tancredo's bills targeted legal immigration as illegal immigration already was illegal.

Giggle.

the writer needs to correct his blatent mistake in this article, which makes writer look really stupit...

Guffaw.

Re: UNC protesters reject plea deals

Did RTB invent a NEW term? Mass Immigration?

Illegal Immigrants take jobs from African Americans as much as they take jobs from Caucasians Americans and any Legal citizen and resident. So why is the NAACP so involved? Maybe it is that they are hoping if we give amnesty to the Illegals allowing the Democratic Voting block will grow?

Re: UNC protesters reject plea deals

the writer needs to correct his blatent mistake in this article, which makes writer look really stupit...

Tancredo is an opponent of I L L E G A L Immigration, but Im sure writer was trying to fulfill the agenda of the radical left...

Re: UNC protesters reject plea deals

"A criminal record" is a resume enhancement for radicals. Ask Bill Ayers, Bernadette Dorn, Tom Hayden, Angels Davis .....

Now, it may not impress The Morehead Foundation has much as it impresses the citizens of Carrboro.

Personal Responsibility?

That would seem to be an exceedingly fair offer by the DA.

I hope he is not so lenient after they are found guilty.

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