“Supreme Court Protesters Plead Guilty To Misdemeanor Charges”

Zoe Tillman for BuzzFeed:

Five people who disrupted proceedings at the US Supreme Court to protest the Citizens United decision pleaded guilty on Thursday to two misdemeanor charges, one month after losing a constitutional challenge to part of the case.

The defendants face up to a year in prison. There was no plea deal, and the lawyers did not offer any hints about what they would seek at sentencing. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 24.

Shortly before arguments began at the Supreme Court on April 1, 2015, but after the justices entered the courtroom, the defendants one-by-one stood up and made statements or sang in protest of the Citizens United decision and the influence of money in politics. The protest was tied to the first anniversary of another high court decision on campaign finance laws.

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