Sentence reduced for 2 Supreme Court demonstrators

AP News
Posted: Feb 27, 2015 6:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two protesters who pleaded guilty to demonstrating inside the Supreme Court have had their sentences reduced from five days in jail to one.

The two appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Friday to begin serving sentences a judge issued Thursday following guilty pleas. Their attorney, Caleb Medearis, says the judge changed her sentence Friday because she felt it was too harsh given the two had no prior record.

Medearis says the change means Margaret Johnson and Curt Ries Jr. will spend no more time in jail because they spent a night in jail after being arrested at the court Jan. 21 while protesting the court's 2010 Citizens United ruling.

Johnson and Ries were two of eight people arrested that day. Others arrested during the demonstration have March court dates.