DA Drops Trespassing Charge Against Occupy Raleigh Protester

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Wake County District Attorney's office has dropped a trespassing charge against a Raleigh woman who was arrested at a local protest convened by the Occupy movement.

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said the case against 57-year-old Margaret Schucker was dismissed Tuesday. The group represented Schucker after her arrest last October.

Schucker was arrested in front of the old State Capitol building after protesters were expelled from the site. Schucker, who said she needed to sit in a chair because of a disability, was charged with trespassing after she refused to move.

Katy Parker, legal director of the state ACLU chapter, says the decision to drop the charge is a victory for the First Amendment.

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  • by Ralph on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    This is THE LARGEST MOVEMENT IN US HISTORY! What happened to the Teaparty? Their support has dropped 70% since the Debt Ceiling Clown Show. Guess they finally got a good look at Palin, Bachmann, Perry, Trump, Cain, etc etc.
  • by ANTI Give Me Everything on Feb 15, 2012 at 03:02 AM
    These ACLU people are idiots.No where in the constitution does it say trespassing is part of freedom of speech.There was no win there for them.They got booted from the area,bunch of idiots!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 05:28 AM in reply to ANTI Give Me Everything
      I'll never understand how poeple like you can believe you can trespass on public property. Even if it wasn't a victory for the ACLU, it was a victory for common sense. If officers feel the need to arrest a disabled woman for sittind down, they're the ones who should be facing charges.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:44 AM in reply to
        Amazing how her disability didn't keep her from protesting, isn't it? What are the odds that she would suddenly need to sit down right as the police were ordering people to move out? What are the odds that the disability is about a monthly check? And you talk about common sense. Stop making excuses. One of the prices of freedom is accepting the consequences, not dodging and ducking like Libs always love to do. I was proud of Occupy in the beginning, when it seemed they might actually have the strength of their convictions, but they've since proven to be nothing more than another set of whiners.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 15, 2012 at 07:53 AM in reply to
          I think if they occupy a railroad tracks, someone would get the point. They say they will cure you of the sudden urge to sit down due to their OWS dissability.
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          by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:27 PM in reply to
          Wait until they "Occupy" the polls in 2012...ha ha.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:08 AM in reply to
        Funny, I didn't know diabled meant quadriplegic. And yes, come as a surprise it may, but it's still your right to protest, even if you're getting government assistance, just look at the tea-party. I'd wager the average age at a tea-party rally was above 50 and I'd wager that almost every single person there has had some manner of government assistance.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:26 PM in reply to
        Seems kinda odd the Wealthy are so against these guys. Using any means necessary to suppress them.

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