Charges Dropped Against 'Truthful Tuesday' Protestors

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- All charges were dropped Tuesday morning for more than two dozen people who took part in the "Truthful Tuesday" protests at the State House in March.

The group was protesting the state's decision to reject federal money to expand Medicaid. The South Carolina Progressive Network says 27 people detained during the protests had asked for a jury trial.

"When will this state take up the issue of being on the side of justice and giving affordable healthcare to our citizens," said Rev. Tom Summers, a spokesman for the group of protesters. "How much longer can we wait?"

In court, Assistant City Attorney Jessica Mangum said the the City Attorney's Office had decided the charges against the group were "probably not the correct charge," and had found a better fitting state statute, but was deciding not to pursue them.

The result is that the charges were "nolle prossed," an old legal term meaning charges will not be sought further.

In all, 37 total charges were dropped, said an attorney for the group.

The group says they will continue organizing to bring awareness to the issue.


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