June 19, 2012
Thirty protesters arrested at the state Capitol in March have accepted an agreement with prosecutors that would allow them to avoid jail.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Richmond General District Court David E. Cheek took the cases under advisement after the women's-rights protesters accepted the deal Monday. The protesters are to return court Sept. 21.
Each protester is charged with misdemeanor trespassing. Under the agreement, the charges could be dismissed if they stay of out trouble for six months and admit police acted within their authority. They also would have to perform 25 hours of community service at a nonprofit and pay court costs.
The protesters were arrested after they refused to leave the Capitol steps and confine their demonstration to an area around the Capitol Square bell tower.