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Man in YouTube video of US Supreme Court protest gets time served, is banned for a year

Posted Apr 15, 2014 3:39 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A Los Angeles man whose disruption of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing earlier this year was posted in a grainy YouTube video took a plea on Tuesday and was sentenced to time served.

Noah Kai Newkirk was charged after the February incident with violating a law that bans "loud, threatening or abusive language" in the Supreme Court. He was held in jail overnight before being released, reports the Associated Press.

At a Tuesday hearing in D.C. Superior Court, Newkirk's lawyer, Jeffrey L. Light, said his client won't disrupt the nation's top court again. But Newkirk, a member of the 99Rise protest group who objects to Supreme Court rulings allowing large corporate contributions to political election campaigns, said afterward "it's a hypothetical possibility there may be others."

A Supreme Court police officer handed Newkirk a written document after the hearing that bans him from the Supreme Court for a year. His outburst there was the first in at least seven years, the AP says.

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