Martin’s FIFTH pre-trial hearing is on April 12 in Olympia

8 Mar

Martin, who was written about in the Capitol Hill Times, is up for his fifth pretrial hearing in Olympia on April 12 at 1:30pm at the Thurston County District Court, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia.

Martin is one of the few Occupy the Capitol arrestees whose charges were not dismissed.  From the CHT article:

“I was asked by the police whether I was a legal or illegal resident,” Chapman said, who is an American citizen. “It was an absurd situation. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by police and being carried outside.”

Most of the other people who were arrested that night had their charges dismissed, but Chapman was not so lucky, he said. He was charged with obstruction, rather than trespassing, which is what most of the others were charged with.

He has gone to four pre-trial hearings so far and has another scheduled in April.

“I came to express my moral and political beliefs,” Chapman said, “and I ended up being treated like a felon. While I never intended to be arrested, there is a point to being arrested: to display to the system that their laws are arbitrary and they lack legal grounds to suppress the people.”

*CHT incorrectly reported the numbers of pre-trials, which was corrected in this post.

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