Activist Arrested For Writing A Protest Message IN CHALK On The Sidewalk Outside PA Guv’s Mansion


HUFFINGTON POST: A few days after a judge ruled that a San Diego, Calif. man must stand trial on 13 counts of vandalism over anti-big bank messages written in water-soluble chalk outside Bank of America branches — which together carry a maximum of 13 years in jail or a $13,000 fine — comes this story out of Pennsylvania.  Corbett announced in February that he wouldn’t support expanding Medicaid rolls to at least 500,000 Pennsylvanians under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Democrats have been seeking to find a path forward, however, with lawmakers in the state Senate currently working to craft a bipartisan piece of legislation to offer health care coverage to more low income residents. MORE

RAGING CHICKEN PRESS: Late last night, the demonstrators were escorted out of the capitol, and afterwards some of the demonstrators went back to governor’s mansion to continue their demonstration. However, while at the governor’s mansion, a health care activist — AJ Marin — was arrested for “chalking” on a public sidewalk. According to his citation, he was arrested for writing a “derogatory remark about the governor on the sidewalk.” The “derogatory” comment that AJ was arrested for stated: “Governor Corbett has health insurance, we should too.” MORE

HUFFINGTON POST: The San Diego Reader reported Tuesday that a judge had decided to prohibit Olson’s attorney from “mentioning the First Amendment, free speech, free expression, public forum, expressive conduct, or political speech during the trial.” With that ruling, Olson must now stand trial on 13 counts of vandalism, charges that together carry a potential 13-year jail sentence and fines of up to $13,000. MORE