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Greensboro N&R: Moral Monday convictions should be overturned

Posted By Rob Schofield On December 5, 2013 @ 11:11 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The editorial staff of the Greensboro News & Record issued a strong condemnation of yesterday’s convictions [1] 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 [1].


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[1] a strong condemnation of yesterday’s convictions: http://www.news-record.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/article_3771057e-5d32-11e3-a39c-001a4bcf6878.html#.UqCZVF8QxoI.twitter

[2] Protesters lauded in editorial, returning to Raleigh at mid-day : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/27/protesters-lauded-in-editorial-returning-to-raleigh-at-mid-day/

[3] New legislative building rules do little to deter Moral Monday protesters (audio postcard) : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/19/new-legislative-building-rules-do-little-to-deter-moral-monday-protesters-video/

[4] Moral Monday protesters denounce Senate budget ‘shell game’ : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/02/moral-monday-protesters-denounce-senate-budget-shell-game/

[5] It’ll be a Moral Tuesday next week : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/23/itll-be-a-moral-tueday-next-week/

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