Two found not guilty, one found guilty in Occupy Raleigh protest

From staff reportsAugust 18, 2012 

— Two Occupy Raleigh protesters arrested in October after a protest at the state Capitol were acquitted Friday of resisting, delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Shaun Ridgway and Clinton Ebadi, represented by Durham lawyer Scott Holmes, were acquitted by Wake County District Court Judge Ned Mangum.

A third protester, Vincent Agosta, who represented himself at the District Court hearing, was found guilty and immediately appealed his case to Wake County Superior Court.

In a motion to dismiss the cases against Ridgway and Ebadi, Holmes argued that his clients were exercising their First Amendment rights Oct. 27 when police removed them from a sidewalk in front of the Capitol.

They were near a 57-year-old disabled woman who refused to move a chair she was sitting in on the public sidewalk, despite orders from law enforcement officers.

Law enforcement officers charged her with second-degree trespassing, a charge that was dismissed.

Holmes argued in his motion for dismissal of charges against Ridgway, Ebadi and Agosta that the three were lawfully protesting an unlawful arrest.

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