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Protester at sentencing: ‘Simply our duty to work for justice’

After completing the first three sentencings, the court has now gone to a short recess. After former Sen. Nicole LeFavour, those sentenced so far were:

Joseph Kibbe, a 35-year-old gay man who shared how he found his best friend after the friend’s suicide, and who got a $60 fine and 60 hours community service after pleading guilty to two charges and having four others dismissed. Kibbe said afterward that he felt “relieved” to finally be able to share his story, “after not even being afforded that opportunity for the last nine years. It’s just obviously the beginning of a very robust public dialogue,” he said, “but I feel relieved at this point.”

Terry McKay, 66, a retired school bus driver who has cancer, who got 20 hours of public service for a single charge. “If the Idaho Legislature had just given us a hearing, all we were asking for at this point was a hearing, all of this could have been avoided,” McKay told the court. McKay heaped praise on the law enforcement officers involved with the arrests of the protesters, whom he called “exemplary.” He said, “In our Jewish tradition we have a concept of tikkun olam, simpy translated to repair the world. That makes it our duty, simply our duty, to work for justice.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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