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Forum Post: Jury acquits Occupy protesters

Posted 1 year ago on March 5, 2013, 2:26 p.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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A Common Pleas Court jury today acquitted 12 Occupy Philadelphia demonstrators arrested in a 2011 sit-in in a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Center City.

The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated a total of about 13 hours since Friday before it returned, shortly before noon, to announce the verdicts: not guilty of conspiracy and defiant trespass against each of the 12 protesters.

The 12 - one woman and 11 men - were arrested Nov. 18, 2011 when they staged a sit-in inside the Wells Fargo branch at 17th and Market Streets. The protesters said they wanted to call attention to what they called Wells Fargo's "racist predatory lending" policies that caused a disproportionately large number of home foreclosures in African American neighborhoods.

"If this jury has found us innocent then it must mean that Wells Fargo is guilty," said an elated 71-year-old Willard R. Johnson, one of the 12 on trial.

from: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130305_Jury_acquits_Occupy_protesters.html

yesturday: http://www.occupyphillymedia.org/content/occupy-wells-fargo-defendants-optimistically-await-trial-verdict-undecided-jury-continues

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[-] 0 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 1 year ago

JURY NULLIFICATION. Fantastic! Juries kick ass!