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City Prosecutor Drops Charges Against 2 Protesters

Published on Friday, July 26, 2013 | 5:56 am

The city prosecutor’s office dropped several charges filed against two demonstrators who protested outside a Civic Auditorium event that featured former Mexican President Vicente Fox in November last year.

Lawyers of Pasadena residents Brian Connolly, 36, and Dara Glanzer, 22, were able to reach an agreement with Deputy City Prosecutor Joon Kim, the Pasadena Star-News reported. The charges were decreased to one count of jaywalking each, to which both suspects pleaded guilty.

City Attorney Michele Beal-Bagneris told the newspaper both defendants received time served credits towards the fine.

Glanzer’s attorney, Tarek Shawkey, said although he was happy with the verdict, he still “didn’t feel that any of the charges were justified,” the Star-News reported.

Although the charges were lessened for Connolly and Glanzer, four other protesters: Christopher Wohlers, Benjamin Torres, Ulises Hernandez and Alejandro Torres, will still be facing two counts of resisting an officer and two counts of battery with injury on a peace officer during their preliminary hearing on Aug. 5, the Star-News reported.

“Those were more serious offenses,” Bagneris told the newspaper.


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