Honor Court case dropped against protester who smeared blood on ‘Silent Sam’

February 15, 2019
Maya Little, center, was found guilty on Oct. 15, 2018, of defacing a public monument for smearing her blood and red paint on the pedestal of the "Silent Sam" Confederate monument on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appeals panel on Thursday dismissed the Honor Court case against a graduate student who smeared her blood on a controversial Confederate monument on campus last year.

Maya Little also tossed red paint on the pedestal of the “Silent Sam” monument in April, who was toppled in another protest four months later.

“My honor court conviction was overturned on appeal based on violation of basic rights,” Little tweeted.

Last fall, District Court Judge Samantha Cabe found Little guilty of defacing a public monument. But Cabe continued judgment in the case – no verdict was entered – and didn’t impose any fines, restitution or court costs.