ACLU Says Judge Mishandled Trial In Blackwater Trespassing Case

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The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina wants a commission to investigate a judge's handling of a trial for seven protesters accused of trespassing at Blackwater Worldwide's campus.

The ACLU said Monday that Currituck County District Court Judge
Edgar Barnes violated the rights of the defendants by asking deputies to clear the courtroom during the December trial. The ACLU said it is asking the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission to take corrective action against Barnes.

Barnes did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

Barnes found each of the protesters guilty and gave them suspended sentences of between 10 and 45 days and fines between $100 and $450. They have said they will appeal the ruling.