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Civil rights leader convicted of trespassing at legislature

June 6, 2019
Rev. William Barber II takes notes during pretrial motions Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh. Barber and about 30 others were arrested in May of 2017 on charges of second-degree trespassing when they refused to leave the hallways outside state legislators' offices. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The civil rights leader who started the “Moral Monday” protest movement in North Carolina has been convicted of trespassing during a 2017 protest at the General Assembly.

News outlets report that the Rev. William Barber was convicted of a misdemeanor charge in a Wake County courtroom Thursday. Barber was charged for not leaving the General Assembly when told to do so, and he demanded a jury trial.

In an email, Barber said he would appeal the verdict.

Barber testified that the Constitution gives him the right to protest in the building. He said he organized a sit-in at the legislative building because Republican leaders wouldn’t meet with him.

Barber, a former state NAACP president, is a leader of the revived national Poor People’s Campaign.

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