• Trespassing charges dropped against Moral Monday protesters

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina judge has dismissed trespassing charges against two protesters who were attempting in 2016 to deliver a petition to House Speaker Tim Moore objecting to the state's so-called "bathroom bill."

    The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Superior Court Judge Keith Gregory dismissed the charges against Carol Anderson and Dale Herman on Thursday before their attorney presented witnesses.

    Gregory noted the protesters' charging documents, which said they were asked to leave the Legislative Building. Evidence at trial showed they were instead asked to leave the office of the House Principal Clerk and told they were allowed to stay elsewhere in the building.

    Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said her office respects Gregory's decision but believes it had "ample case law and support to show the contrary."

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    Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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