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Judge in Capitol protestor case admits own prior arrest for demonstrating

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Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - There’s an interesting development in the case of a State Capitol protestor who has almost 25 citations for not getting state permits for his demonstrations.

28-year-old Brandon Barwick was scheduled to go on trial two weeks from today on five of his citations.  Dane County judge Nicholas McNamara hearing the case and said he too, was arrested for protesting nuclear arms in the 1980’s.

Barwick tells the Madison Capital Times that trials are being scheduled in May and June – and he hopes he doesn’t have to wait that long.  Most of Barwick’s citations were for leading the Solidarity Singers in their protest sing-alongs against Republican policies.

Other protestors have had their tickets dropped, after another judge ruled that the language of the state’s permit policy applies only to organizers, and not to those just joining in.

The ACLU sued the state this week, claiming it’s unconstitutional to require government permits for demonstrators.

State officials say they’re needed to maintain order at the statehouse – and other states have them with no problems.

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