“The Wake County school board lineup that left office Tuesday decided behind closed doors last week to seek trials for 30 people charged with trespassing at board meetings, rejecting a prosecution offer to have the cases mediated. Former board chairman Ron Margiotta said the board wanted to take a stand against ‘anarchy.’” Read more.
“During a closed-session meeting last week, the Republican majority voted to rescind its prior authorization to seek mediation. Margiotta, who lost an October re-election bid, charged that attorneys for the protesters had stalled on the issue and only agreed to consider mediation after this fall’s elections swept in a new Democratic majority. Margiotta said the board members did not want to encourage the kinds of civil disobedience seen at the board meetings and more recently at the Occupy Wall Street-style events.”
Since then, we’ve had people arrested at the Capitol, at malls. Standards have to be set or else you’ll have anarchy. A message has to be sent that you can’t disrupt public meetings.