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Civil rights protesters could get records cleared

November 11, 2014

ROCK HILL, South Carolina (AP) — A prosecutor in South Carolina plans a hearing early next year to clear the trespassing convictions of 10 people who tried to desegregate a lunch counter in 1961.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports (http://bit.ly/1svXf4n) that prosecutor Kevin Brackett plans to hold the hearing in January on behalf of the Friendship College students who were arrested for their sit-down protest at a lunch counter in a Rock Hill department store.

The 10 black students were dragged out of the restaurant and charged with trespassing. They were convicted the next day. Nine of the students spent a month in the York County prison farm rather than pay the $100 fine.

Brackett said he would ask for new trials and then ask that the cases be vacated.


Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com

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