Judge dismisses 2 ‘Moral Monday’ cases after daylong trial – News & Observer

Note: Oops Saladin is a black man and the 2 that were found not guilty were white. Oh well.

After presiding over the first three trials of “Moral Monday” protesters, the judge who heard the cases left a mixed message.

Judge Joy Hamilton, a former Wake County district judge who was appointed by the state to preside over some 920 cases, found the first protester guilty on Oct. 4 of all three charges – second-degree trespass, failure to disperse and violating N.C. Legislative Building rules. Saladin Muhammad of Rocky Mount has appealed his case to Wake County Superior Court.

On Friday, with different defense attorneys making arguments, Hamilton dismissed the same charges against Douglass Ryder, 66, and Vicki Ryder, 71, the Durham-based husband and wife among the dozens arrested on May 6.

Hamilton did not offer her grounds for dismissing the charges at the Friday hearing, leaving a legal quandary for the assistant district attorney assigned to prosecute the hundreds of cases yet to be heard and the defense attorneys whose clients have not had their day in court. (More)

Sharpsburg mayoral race heads to recount – Rocky Mount Telegram

NASHVILLE – Randy Weaver prevailed by four votes in the Sharpsburg mayoral race after the Nash County Board of Elections reviewed provisional ballots and write-ins Friday afternoon, but his opponent, Mayor Robert Williams, has requested a recount.

Williams, who was appointed mayor of the town in July, has a right to request the recount because the number of votes he and Weaver received were separated by less than one percent.

Williams gained two votes to his tally from Election Day when the elections board reviewed write-in votes Friday. (More)

AIG CEO Apologizes To Cummings For Lynching Remark – Roland Martin Reports

American International Group Chief Executive Robert Benmosche met with Rep. Elijah Cummings on Friday to apologize for comparing the outrage over employee bonuses paid by the bailed out insurer to lynchings that occurred in the South decades ago.

Benmosche told the Wall Street Journal in September that the uproar over bonuses handed out in March 2009 “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitch forks and their hangman nooses, and all that — sort of like what we did in the Deep South.” (More)

Rocky Mount NC – NEWS ALERT: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II & State Convention Announce A Call on the Governor to Call a Special Redemptive Legislative Session


11 October 2013


For More Information:      Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, President, 919-394-8137

                                        Atty. Irving Joyner, Legal Redress Chair, 919-682-4700


For Media Assistance:      Laurel Ashton, Field Secretary, 828-713-3864


ROCKY MOUNT: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II will announce next steps of the Moral Monday-Forward Together Movement at the annual State of Civil Rights in North Carolina address, tomorrow, 12 October 2013, at 9:30 AM on the final day of the NC NAACP State Convention at the Gateway Convention Center, 101 Gateway Blvd. Rocky Mount, NC 27804. The event can be viewed live online HERE.




1. Ask Gov. McCrory to call a Special Redemptive Legislative Session to resend the stripping of unemployment, insurance, benefits to 100,00 families and medicaid health benefits to 500,000 families which takes effect on New Year’s Day 2014: 


2. Public education campaign to expose the State Budget Director’s ethical conflict between his propaganda/financial networks and his role as a powerful state employee who writes the take from the poor and gives to the rich state budget.


3. Enforcing the North Carolina Constitutional guarantee that all children enjoy the right to a sound, basic education. The NC NAACP will join with other civil rights organizations to file legal action to challenge the cuts to public education as unconstitutional. 


4. Wage a spirited fight against the monster voter suppression law in the court houses, at the polls, and in the streets to have it declared unconstitutional by the 2014 elections.


5. All Roads Lead to Jones Street on February 8th, 2014, when we will bring together the largest People’s Assembly in Raleigh in the state’s history.  




Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. The NC Conference of NAACP Branches is 70 years old this year and is made up of over 100 Adult, Youth and College NAACP units across the state, convenes the more the 150 members of the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Peoples Assembly Coalition, and is the architect of the Moral Monday & Forward Together Movement.  


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