NAACP won’t agree to Moral Monday plea bargains

| August 31, 2013
Photo by News and Observer

Photo by News and Observer

by WTVD, August 30, 2013.

Plea bargains that would avoid hundreds of trials for Moral Monday protestors arrested at the North Carolina General Assembly appeared to hit a stumbling block Friday when the North Carolina NAACP said it will oppose them.

The Wake County District Attorney’s Office has offered plea agreements to some 940 protestors charged with violation of building rules, failure to disperse, and trespassing. The DA’s office has expressed concern that trying all the cases separately will clog up the court system and cost taxpayers.

It’s offering to dismiss the charges in return for an admission of wrongdoing, completing 25 hours of community service, and payment of $180 in court costs.

The NAACP said Friday that the decision to accept the deal is a personal one for each protestor, but it will not advocate taking them. Pro bono attorneys are offering to represent the protestors if they want to go to trial.

“We understand and endorse the moral and political power that over 940 people might bring to their communities from doing the community service.  But we do not support the extracting of admissions of wrongdoing and the payment of a ransom in the form of court cost for engaging in actions that are clearly protected by our Constitution,” said the NAACP in  statement.

 

Category: NC Stateline, SPIN Blog

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  1. dj anderson says:

    After the first batch of arrests, Wake stopped fingerprinting or taking mugshots, didn’t put them behind bars but let them sign a paper at the Clerk’s office and leave without bail.

    Now comes the en mass dismissal. This is all looking like the Democrat DA & Democratic City of Raleigh are performing a “dark” charade – an absurd pretense intended to create a cruel & harsh appearance when twist tied & put in the patty wagon, while making the arrests as pleasant as possible and the dropped charges as respectable as possible — all the drama TV needs but none of the jailhouse stress. “Civil disobedience line up on the left, please.”

    They protest should continue and every person fight every case, if it was meant as more than a show. This has been better for media than bad weather, while giving warm fuzzy feelings and memories for protesters.