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Acquittals for 12 Occupy Bank Protesters


Group arrested in 2011 not guilty of conspiracy & defiant trespass

A jury has acquitted a dozen demonstrators arrested during a November 2011 sit-in at a Philadelphia bank. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Common Pleas Court jury deliberated for about 13 hours over three days before finding the defendants not guilty of conspiracy and defiant trespass.

The demonstrators appealed after they were convicted last summer by a municipal court judge and ordered to pay $500 fines.

They accused Wells Fargo of what they called “racist predatory lending” policies resulting in a disproportionately large number of home foreclosur...