Jurors deliberating whether to convict protesters who occupied the governor’s lawn

Protesters are arrested on the lawn of the Blaine House during a rally by Occupy Augusta, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Augusta. Police say nine people were charged with criminal trespass and failure to disperse after refusing to leave the lawn of the governor's mansion.
Andy Molloy, The Kennebec Journal | AP
Protesters are arrested on the lawn of the Blaine House during a rally by Occupy Augusta, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, in Augusta. Police say nine people were charged with criminal trespass and failure to disperse after refusing to leave the lawn of the governor's mansion.
Posted April 26, 2012, at 10:07 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Jurors in Kennebec County Superior Court are deliberating a criminal trespass case against five members of Occupy Augusta who staged a protest last November on the governor’s mansion property.

The Kennebec Journal in Augusta says the jury is expected to return individual verdicts against each of the defendants. Deliberations started Wednesday afternoon.

Those charged are part of a group of nine who are accused of defying police orders to leave the Blaine House grounds on Nov. 27 in a protest launched from their Capitol Park encampment. Gov. Paul LePage was not home at the time.

They were protesting against police demands that they get a permit to continue their encampment.

Two others who had been charged in the protest were found guilty of criminal trespass and have been fined.

 

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