Wake DA offers deal to Moral Monday arrestees
WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Wake County DA Colon Willoughby is making arrestees of the Moral Monday protests an offer: Perform 25 hours community service and pay $180 in court costs, and the charges will be dismissed.
According to WRAL, under the deal called “deferred prosecution,” arrestees don’t have to admit guilt if they perform the community service requirement and pay the court fee. After a set time, all charges will be dismissed.
Several people have already taken the deal, but hundreds of others are still awaiting their court date, which would overwhelm Wake County’s court system.
Willoughby told WRAL he believes deferral is the best way to handle civil disobedience cases. “We don’t feel this is a crime of moral turpitude,” he said, noting that the same deal was offered to Occupy Raleigh protestors.
If everyone arrested at Moral Monday protests were to take the deal it would mean about 25,000 hours of community service for Wake County.
“They can help put money back into the system, and do something to improve the community,” Willoughby said.