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Trial Date Set for Alex Darocy for February 22
by Alex Darocy (alex [at] alexdarocy.com)
Friday Nov 13th, 2015 12:25 PM
Today Santa Cruz Judge Paul Burdick denied a motion filed by my attorney to dismiss the charges against me on first amendment grounds. A trial date has now been set in Santa Cruz Superior Court for February 22, with a trial readiness hearing scheduled for February 17. Burdick stated there would be another chance for the motion to be heard by the court before trial, but that he would not dismiss the charges. Earlier this year I was charged with two counts, 2800(a), failing or refusing to comply with a lawful order of a peace officer (a misdemeanor), and 21718(a), stopping on a freeway (an infraction), after I took pictures from the window of my car as I drove past the UC Santa Cruz students who locked themselves down on Highway 17 during the 96 Hours of Action protests, which were organized to oppose university fee hikes and their relation to the expansion of prisons and policing.
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Photo: Me taking a picture while driving by the locked-down students (still taken from CHP dashcam video). One of the students can be seen sitting on the highway in front of the CHP vehicle.

For more information about the charges against me, and to read a full copy of the motion to dismiss filed by my attorney, see:

Indybay Journalist Faces Prosecution for Documenting UCSC Highway Blockade
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/11/10/18779847.php

Alex Darocy
http://alexdarocy.blogspot.com/
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Jury selection process can be critical.GFriday Nov 13th, 2015 3:22 PM
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