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Sun Sep 2 2012 (Updated 09/06/12)
Judge Gallagher Orders Gary Johnson to Jail for Sleeping
Sun Sep 2 2012 (Updated 09/06/12)
Gary Johnson is Back Behind Bars for Sleeping Outside Santa Cruz Courthouse
On Friday, August 24th, Gary Johnson was ordered by Judge John Gallagher to report to the Santa Cruz County jail at 3 p.m. The jail refused to accept Johnson, ordering him to return on Monday at 8 a.m. Johnson was frustrated with this and returned to the Santa Cruz Courthouse. Upon entering the Courthouse, Johnson was immediately arrested by a sheriff's deputy.

Johnson was seen being handcuffed and led down the hallway. He is currently being held in the Rountree Jail facility in Watsonville. His release date is reportedly scheduled for October 31st, 2012.

Johnson is a houseless activist who maintained a nightly protest at the Santa Cruz Courthouse from late December 2011 until early January 2012 against local and state laws which criminalize the basic human necessity to sleep. Johnson, who slept next to a sign which stated "6.36.010 647(e) A LEGACY OF CRUELTY", was arrested four times for "lodging" in violation of Penal Code 647(e) and "trespassing" PC 602(o) during his protests. "6.36.010" is the Santa Cruz Sleeping Ban, officially known as Municipal Code 6.36.010, which makes it a crime to sleep outdoors in Santa Cruz, with or without bedding, at any time between the hours of 11 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

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