Saturday, July 28, 2007

Carolyn Bninski: 30 Days, $500

The Green Party's three week occupation of Mark Udall's office has finally been resolved. One anti-war activist got a 30 day jail sentence and a $500 fine. Others paid a $100 fine or community service according to the Denver Post.

Udall issued a statement Friday morning saying [ Carolyn ]Bninski and others have a right to peacefully protest a cause of public importance but that their occupation "had the effect of interfering with the daily duties of my staff" and drew complaints from other building tenants. Police were called when the protesters refused to leave because "needs of other constituents...had to be respected," said the statement from Udall, who in 2002 voted against authorization for the war itself.

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