I'm reporting back from my court experience yesterday. It's a long complicated story but basically we came to court with the prosecutor being assigned the night before, 2 charges being added the morning of the case, and no kind of plea offer in place. The prosecutor kept saying things like "we may be able to offer an agreement but we can't at this time,"... I will return to court, along with 2 of my compatriots, on March 27th at 11:30am. 2 of us will also be returning on March 23rd at 11:30am.-Andrew Batcher
Wednesday, January 21st 2015 was like any regular day for citizens of DC: wake up, grab a coffee or tea and head off to work. For seven people, including Andrew Batcher, that was not the case. Members of the organization 99 Rise had a mission to defend democracy. January 21st was the 5th anniversary of Citizens United; a Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations and exceptionally wealthy individuals to "flood our public elections with unlimited sums of private money," as quoted by Curt Ries, a protester for 99 Rise. Aptly named the Supreme Court 7, Curt and six other members spoke out in a court session and were arrested. Reis and another member pleaded guilty in their court appearance last week, and will be serving three to five days in jail, along with a $150 fine. The five other members did not plea guilty, and will be returning to court later this month.
99 Rise is a 501c4 organization born out of Los Angeles, California, devoted to the "99%." For more information, visit their website at:
For more on the story of the Supreme Court 7, visit:
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