Wake County judge dismisses trespassing charge against protester arrested at NC Legislature


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RALEIGH, North Carolina — A Wake County Superior Court judge has dismissed a trespassing case against a protester arrested at the N.C. Legislative Building, a ruling that could impact future cases.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1DbFcZV) Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ruled last Friday that the constitutional rights of Leonard Beeghley were violated when he was arrested in June 2013 for demonstrating against the General Assembly's agenda.

Beeghley was among more than 900 demonstrators arrested last summer outside the legislature, where state senators and representatives were adopting new laws and policies.

The ruling was the first in Wake County Superior Court to address constitutional issues challenged by protesters at the district court level. It could affect cases on appeal and those still undecided in District Court.

Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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