Patrick Conway, Phil Fonville: Offer same deal to Moral Monday protesters

November 14, 2013 

As Moral Monday arrestees, we were offered a deferral agreement by the Wake County Prosecutor’s Office. If we agreed to perform 25 hours of community service, all charges associated with our Moral Monday protest would be dismissed. According to the agreement, we were not liable for court costs; nor were we required to admit any guilt in our actions.

We accepted the agreement, complied with the conditions and all charges against us associated with our Moral Monday protest have been dismissed.

By the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the laws of a state must treat an individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. It is our understanding that the Wake County Prosecutor’s Office has offered a quite different deferral agreement to most of the 900-plus Moral Monday arrestees. For them, the deferral agreement requires that they perform 25 hours of community service, make an admission of guilt and pay court costs of nearly $200 apiece. This is not equal treatment under the law, and we call upon the Wake County Prosecutor’s Office to offer all Moral Monday arrestees the same deferral agreement offered to us.

Patrick Conway

Chapel Hill

Phil Fonville

Apex

The letter was also signed by Rodney Sadler Jr., of Charlotte. The length limit was waived for fuller response.

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