[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5TpVEmM6W8?start=0&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=480]The five protesters arrested after they snuck a camera into the Supreme Court and disrupted a high court session face up to a year in jail. It’s a dramatically stiffer penalty than the one given to previous protesters who were recently prosecuted for the same offense.
The 99Rise protesters are getting hit with more serious charges in a move signaling the high court’s disdain over being disrupted with camera-wielding protesters twice this year. Most of the eight protesters arrested for a similar outburst in January got a day in jail and faced a maximum 60-day term.
Although cameras are barred from Supreme Court sessions and onlookers must undergo a security screening, the group on April 1 managed to capture some video and uploaded it to YouTube. The group’s members are protesting the high court’s decisions ending political spending limits on unions and corporations.
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