A judge in Wake County district court on Wednesday dismissed one charge against the Rev. William Barber, the architect of the weekly protests at the N.C. legislature this summer, and found him guilty of second-degree trespass and violating one of the N.C. Legislative Building rules.
How can one trespass on one's own property? The NC Capitol belongs to the people.
Defense attorneys Scott Holmes and Irv Joyner argued shortly that the legislative building rules were too vague to be constitutional.
Extrapolating from that theory, the attorneys further argued that because of the vagueness of the rule, the trespass charge could not stand.
Mary Elizabeth Wilson, the assistant district attorney who has been prosecuting cases from the weekly demonstrations that resulted in more than 900 arrests, described those arguments as “constitutional red herrings.”
Yep, wouldn't want that old Constitution to distract us from the law. I wonder where Judge Joy Hamilton studied law?
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