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Greensboro N&R: Moral Monday convictions should be overturned

The editorial staff of the Greensboro News & Record issued a strong condemnation of yesterday’s convictions in Wake County District Court of 12 Moral Monday protesters including state NAACP leader, Rev. William Barber. According to the N&R:

“Wake County District Court Judge Joy Hamilton brushed aside constitutional claims Wednesday and convicted a dozen Moral Monday demonstrators of trespassing and violating legislative building rules. The defendants should prevail on appeal….

There should have been no arrests. The protests were peaceful. Participants didn’t damage property or attempt to occupy the premises or stop lawmakers from entering their chambers and conducting business. They were expressing their views — and, yes, praying — inside a government building at a time when it was open to the public….

The problem is that the exercise of rights is sometimes disorderly. The people’s right to gather in public places means their presence must be tolerated by government officials who would prefer they go away.

Moral Monday protesters did not go away. All North Carolinians, no matter their political views, should stand with them, because all hold the same rights. The courts should defend them.”

Read the entire editorial by clicking here.

7 Comments

  1. GOP Rules

    December 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Well, luckily edtorial boards are not jurists. The judges actually, you know, look at the law and base their decisions on the actual law. You know when you are asked to leave someone’s property, whether you are their peacefully or not, and you do not leave then you are trespassing. Rule of law is a simple concept that is hard for liberals to understand, at least until it is a law they “like” and can use to take away someone else’s rights.

  2. wncgirl

    December 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    So now the GOP is seriously taking away our rights to even protest injustice…. hope they are proud of making Merica all weepy. One day the GOP arrests you for praying in public and then next all our freedom to worship God will be gone and they will enter our homes like the jack-booted thugs they are and pry the Bible from our hands. I am calling the 700 club asap and I urge all fellow Christians to do the same… The GOP must not be allowed to trample on our right to assemble and pray!!!

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    December 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Well wnc, the law of Ignorance of Liberalism is strong in you. There is still the right to protest, but if you are on someone’s land and trespassing after being instructed to leave….then duh! You also have to remember the fact that all the people arrested WANTED to be arrested and went with the specific intent of being arrested…they actually wore markings to specify who would break the law, and who was going to follow the law and leave….so your little diatribe is quite hollow.

  4. Alan

    December 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    LSD, your frequent use of the term “Ignorance of Liberalism”, only points out your own ignorance. The someone’s land you mention belongs to ALL of us. So, next time any TeaBagger turns up and starts screaming and liberty & tyranny, then I can have them arrested and you will be OK with that?

  5. GOP Rules

    December 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Alan/ML,
    Speaking from a perspective of the law of the land, sure the facility belongs to all of us….and law enforcement are there to enforce the laws we ALL elected representatives to legislate and they asked them to lawfully leave. From that perspective, if a “teabagger” shows up …breaks the trespassing law in the same way as the Monday Morons after being asked to leave….then he/she should be arrested.

    On the other hand, are you saying if you ask someone to leave your property and they do not, then you should not be allowed to have them arrested?

    Or, are you saying we should all get together and have a referendum each time someone needs to be arrested on public land to decide the law at that current moment? If that is the case, then why have a police force, or laws at all?

    Or do you just feel that laws only apply to “the other side” or when the cause is “worthy” in a select few’s eyes?

  6. wncgirl

    December 6, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you Alan as I read LSD’s/Civitas argument I thought … Could this idiot really believe that the Republicans own the legislative bld? As an 8th generation North Carolinian I am pretty sure my family contributed to the purchase, construction and the continued maintenance of our govt. blds…but in LSds drug-riddled mind the GOP won and now OWNS the whole damn state…. take that with your cup o freedom!

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    December 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    wnc, where did you see that I said Republicans own any government building in Raleigh? Way to let your hysteria take over! Don’t jump out a window and jeopardize that generational thing….we would hate to have that founding hillbilly family out in wnc come to a terminus.

    Now to get you off your high horse and lay the smak down —– It is obvious that the “someone’s land” would be the state land, and the law enforcement officers as representatives of ALL of us are the proxies of the “owners”. If I didn’t know better I would think your comment was the product of one dave esmay. He used to go on rambling meaningless diatribes like that…..and he has been gone for awhile…..and you have suddenly appeared.