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People's Park tree-sitter convicted of illegal lodging
AP via CoCo Times ^ | 2/3/12

Posted on 02/03/2012 3:05:55 PM PST by SmithL

BERKELEY -- A longtime Berkeley tree sitter has been convicted of illegal lodging and pointing a laser at a police officer.

Fifty-five-year-old Matthew Dodt received a 60-day suspended sentence and three years of probation . . .

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: berkeley; beserkeley; occupytree; treesitter
With no charges for stabbing the guy who climbed the tree to talk to him.
1 posted on 02/03/2012 3:06:03 PM PST by SmithL
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2 posted on 02/03/2012 3:09:04 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SmithL

No weapons charges for the (presumably) knife? Out in la la land? I can’t believe it.

As for the laser, I guess future tree sitters should restrict themselves to flashlights. That (and the theoretical possibility of blinding someone who got it directly in the eye) was considered much worse than the tree sitting.

3 posted on 02/03/2012 3:29:37 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: SmithL

55 years old, get a life old man who pushed you up the tree to begin this sit in or sit on whatever??

4 posted on 02/03/2012 4:08:11 PM PST by bikerman (you can take the man out of the jungle but can't take the jungle out of the man)
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55 years old. He was barely born during the hey dey of the People’s Park. Just a little kid. Maybe he was born during a sit in in the 60s, or one of their nude demonstrations and he’s just reviving some of that old nostalgia.

Does anyone one here remember how People’s Park started? The University bought a couple of blocks of land and removed the existing old houses with the intent to build dormitories for the expanding student population and parking lots. Casting about for something to oppose the Board of Regents and Gov. Reagan, the hippies decided to camp out on the University owned land to prevent any construction. Later they planted gardens there.

What has People’s Park cost the taxpayers of California? The illegal occupation of state owned land?

5 posted on 02/03/2012 4:26:33 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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