12 activists who blocked buses carrying immigrants in 2013 convicted of misdemeanors in Tucson

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TUCSON, Arizona — Twelve activists who blocked two buses carrying immigrants to a federal court in Tucson have been found guilty of obstructing a highway and public nuisance.

A Pima County Justice Court judge had dismissed four charges against the activists in March after a two-day trial, but acquitted them of resisting arrest.

Judge Susan Bacal made her decision on the remaining two charges Monday and set sentencing for July 20.

The 12 were among 20 activists involved in an October 2013 immigrant protest. They blocked the buses by lying in front of them and chaining themselves to tires.

Six other activists are appealing their convictions last year of disorderly conduct on federal property and failure to follow the direction of a federal police officer.

One defendant took a plea and another rescheduled.

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