Occupy Monday is back and getting special legal treatment?
The Moral Monday protests have resulted in hundreds arrests over the last few years here in North Carolina. Those arrested have been proven to have volunteered to be arrested, knowing full well the legal consequences they would face. Now, a judge has lessened those consequences.
Hilariously, the leader of Moral Monday characterized the arrests of those who volunteered as ‘unjust’.
RALEIGH, N.C. –Moral Monday protesters, who were arrested April 29, were in court Monday where the judge modified each person’s bond to a $500 unsecured bond and set their next court appearance for Aug. 28.
A lawyer for the protesters argued that the arrests of the 20 protesters were unconstitutional. Police say the protesters, facing 2nd degree trespassing and violation of the fire code, refused to leave an area of the state House.
Rev William Barber, the leader of North Carolina’s NAACP, created the Moral Monday movement and says the arrests were unjust.
“We are here on matter of principal,” Rev. Barber said. “We refuse to give up our constitutional rights on matter of arrest.”
ABC 11 also reported on the story, but the link is dead. A cached copy of the ABC 11 article can be found here. An excerpt of the story reveals who is defending the arrestees:
After the judge told the group their next court date will be Aug. 28th, they then faced another judge who heard a motion to reduce the $500 secured bond set for some of the defendants based, according to their lawyer, on prior moral Monday arrests.
The motion was granted.
“Their bonds are now unsecured and basically, those prior arrests for doing exactly what they did on April 29th will no longer be held against them,” Attorney Geeta Kapur said.
Kapur sits on the board of the “Southern Coalition for Social Justice“. She also was part of a panel in 2012 organized by the “Organizing Against Racism Alliance“, in which she spoke about ‘sensationalizing crime in our classrooms’.
Going back to the proven fact these arrestees volunteered, we find Ms. Kapur’s name pops up again. From the Atlantic, emphasis added:
4:09 p.m. Barber gathers everyone who plans to be arrested to the front of the sanctuary for photographs and to provide a backdrop as he delivers his message to the press. “All doctors in the front,” he says, referring to the medical professionals present to protest the repeal of healthcare measures. Taylor and her husband stand immediately to Barber’s left at the podium.
As the press conference begins, Geeta Kapur, an adjunct professor at Campbell University School of Law, asks me for whom I work because she “hasn’t seen me here before.” I tell her I’m covering the protests for The Atlantic, and she doesn’t relent. I finally show her my North Carolina State Bar card, proving I’m a licensed attorney.
“OK. I trust you wouldn’t lie to me,” Kapur says. “I’m just making sure we don’t have any spies.”
So it would appear not only is Ms. Kapur the one representing the volunteer arrestees, she also was vetting them?