Post-RNC Court Updates
5/19: The Star Tribune reports that FBI snitch Andrew Darst, convicted of assault earlier this year, avoids jail time in what appears to be a back room deal. Hennepin County prosecutor John Halla failed to show up for the sentencing by known racist judge Dan Mabley.
St. Paul City Attorney John Choi's record went from 1 RNC conviction to none over the weekend. Medic Sean McCoy was convicted of public assembly without a permit and levied a $50 fine earlier this year. Attorney Bruce Nestor then filed a motion for a new trial, which was granted on Friday. Nestor believes it is unlikely the state will continue the prosecution. However, in his decision (see PDF), Judge Edward Wilson rejected the argument that St. Paul's 25-person assembly ordinance is unconstitutional. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Keith Smith goes to trial at 1:30 Monday at the Juvenile Justice Center at 7th and St. Peter in St. Paul. The city appears to be prosecuting Smith, whose iconic stand (or sit) in front of police lines and subsequent injuries (pictured) made headlines,due to his likelihood to sue. Read on for more court dates coming up fast. UPDATE: Smith was given an actual trial date in July. The prosecutor seemed to indicate that he is continuing with the case due to the possibility of civil litigation.
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