NAACP Leader, 11 Others Guilty in NC Protests

COLUMBIA, SC - FEBRUARY 26:  A supporter of the Voting Rights Act  rallies in the South Carolina State House on February 26, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. The rally comes a day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that could end a requirement for South Carolina and other states with histories of discriminatory voting practices to get federal approval for any new voting laws.   (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

NAACP Leader, 11 Others Guilty in NC Protests

William Barber and other protesters will each have to pay a $100 fine and court costs.

Published December 5, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (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 U.S. 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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(Photo: Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

Written by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

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