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NC NAACP President: DA Deal For Moral Monday Protesters "Ransom" For Rights

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina NAACP's top leader says his group does not endorse a prosecutor's proposal to resolve legal cases against more than 900 arrested in the Legislative Building this year in civil disobedience.

The Rev. William Barber said Friday it's up to each defendant to decide whether to accept a deferred prosecution arrangement or go to trial.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby says protesters who perform 25 hours of community services and pay $180 in court courts would see their charges dropped.

Barber called the court costs a "ransom" paid to exercise constitutional rights protesting Republican policies at the General Assembly. Barber says he respects the protesters, whatever each decides.

The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People led this year's "Moral Monday" protests.


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