Wake County DA offers plan for 'Moral Monday' arrestees
by Associated Press
An officer arrests a demonstrator during the seventh Moral Monday protest. (Jeff Reeves, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Wake County's district
attorney has proposed deferred prosecution for the more than 900 people
arrested during the series of Moral Monday protests at the N.C. Legislature.
Attorney Colon Willoughby is proposing that the protesters perform 25
hours of community service and pay $180 in court costs. After that, the
charges will be dropped.
Willoughby said the proposal is similar
to how his office handled the Occupy Raleigh protesters. He said it's an
option that his office uses in thousands of cases that involve
"I think it's a fairness issue. The
responsibility of the district attorney is to administer justice
evenhandedly," Willoughby said Monday. "Some of these folks may take
this opportunity and do it and some may plead not guilty and try their
So far, Willoughby said some people have taken him up on
the idea and begun their community service. He said some protesters may
have their cases dismissed more quickly if they choose to take the
The weekly protests attracted thousands to the Legislative Building and government complex during the just-concluded session.