MADISON (WKOW) -- More than forty capitol protesters who have received citations since a crackdown on large assemblies in the statehouse began three weeks ago entered not guilty pleas Friday in Dane County court.
Jason Huberty of Madison has received several citations, but produced a dismissal letter from Capitol Police on one his recent citations for failure to obtain a permit, and attorneys for protesters predicted other citations would be dismissed, or juries would acquit those cited.
No representative of Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen appeared in court. State justice department assistant attorneys general are slated to prosecute cases. A spokesperson for those prosecutors declines comment on the pending cases.
Due to the large number of people scheduled to make court appearances, Dane County Court commissioner Todd Meuer broke with court custom and offered cited, capitol protesters the option of filling out a not guilty plea, instead of having each person with a citation appear before him. Most of those cited in capitol protests filled out forms.
More than 150 people have been arrested in the capitol, since a federal judge's ruling left anyone participating in a rally of more than twenty people without a permit legally vulnerable. Huberty's attorney, Patricia Hammel tells 27 News the ruling may not apply to all citation cases, because the conduct authorities have identified as illegal varies from case to case.
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