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.
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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.