Thursday, January 24, 2008

Judge maintains protesters' jail time; says he's 'grieved' by their disrespect for law

A judge kept the sentences of anti-Blackwater protesters to jail time served, after saying he was "grieved" that they would not respect the law.

North Carolina Judge Russell Duke added no extra sentence to the convicts, a group of left-wing activists who vandalized Blackwater property in an October 20 protest. After a discussion of politics and the law, the judge told the defendants, "You’ve told me you’re not going to abide by the law. You’re not going to respect my judgment. That grieves me."

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