Barber, others found guilty in Moral Monday protests

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Submitted: Wed, 12/04/2013 - 9:38pm
Updated: Thu, 12/05/2013 - 1:22pm

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A judge has found North Carolina NAACP President William Barber and 11 others guilty of second-degree trespassing and violating building rules while protesting in April at the state legislature.

Wake County District Court Judge Joy Hamilton issued her ruling Wednesday after a two-day trial during which defense lawyers argued that the protesters’ actions were protected by both the US and state constitutions.

The dozen defendants in court this week were among the first of more than 930 people arrested as part of weekly protests during the 2013 legislative session. The protests were organized by the NAACP against the policies of the state’s Republican governor and lawmakers.

Hamilton sentenced the defendants to pay a $100 fine and court costs. The defense gave immediate notice of appeal for the two convictions.

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  • PapaJoe says:

    I will not stand for this. They were protesting unfair cuts in welfare programs. We must get in the streets and demand justice.

    No justice, no peace! No justice, no peace!

    Spread the word.

  • 1492 says:

    Unfair cuts in welfare programs, or as never-missed-a meal-because-he-gets-other-suckers-to-pay-for-his-meals Barber defines it: “The inalienable right to other peoples money.”

  • guesty says:

    Unfair cuts? It is unfair I have to support you for you to do nothing more other than expect the government gravy train to keep pulling into the station every month. It is unfair welfare is a life long program where your bad behavior and poor choices are financially rewarded.

    If you want fair, wait until next October and go to the airport and eat some cotton candy.

  • Guest6858 says:

    Are you trying to incite a riot? Did you know that it is illegal to incite violence? Is your post sarcastic or are you really attempting to cause trouble? And if I AM supporting your lazy behind, how did you come up with enough money to get the media devices to place this post?

  • feduptaxpayer says:

    What a waste of our judicial system to give a $100 fine.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    The great Rev. has already spent a small fortune on attorneys and wasted the courts time. Now, he’s going to appeal the ruling by shucking out even more attorney fees, consuming even more courtroom time and get more media exposure for peeps like you and me to waste our time writing comments. All over a 100 dollar fine. Once again, the intelligence level of the NAACP and it’s leaders makes the front page!

  • bart says:

    It’s a civilized society, not the monkey house at the zoo. Act accordingly.

  • guesty says:

    …ban him from all buffets statewide.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Then all of the other fat peeps wouldn’t have any place to gorge themseves. That’s descrimination! I’m callin’ the NAACP!

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