May 24, 2018
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Jury convicts four Occupy Augusta protesters

By Matthew Stone, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — A jury on Thursday found four Occupy Augusta protesters guilty of defying police orders to leave the grounds of the Blaine House last November.

The four protesters were among nine who were charged with criminal trespassing and failure to disperse after police ordered them to leave the Blaine House property. The group was protesting police demands that they get a permit to continue their Occupy Augusta encampment across the street from the State House at Capitol Park.

Kimberly Cormier, 47, of Benton; Patricia Messier, 63, of Wiscasset; and Jenny Gray, 54, of Wiscasset were fined $250 each. The fourth defendant, Elizabeth Burke, 48, of Union was fined $400.

The Blaine House protest happened Nov. 27, 2011, when a group of people jumped the fence surrounding the governor’s mansion and unfurled a banner reading “End corporate rule now” on the portico.

Gov. Paul LePage wasn’t home at the time.

Thursday’s verdict followed an April trial of the four defendants and one other protester when jurors were dismissed after failing to arrive at a unanimous verdict.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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