Judge Michael Oths has imposed a $70 fine, 70 hours of community service and court costs on former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, for two misdemeanor counts of trespassing at the Idaho state Capitol during this year’s legislative session in favor of protecting gays from discrimination in Idaho. That matches a plea agreement reached in April. “What I appreciate about the approach you all took is the American tradition of civil disobedience is we all disobey and then we take our consequences,” the judge said. “We understand there’s a price tag involved in it, rather than as we may do in other parts of the world, blowing things up or that kind of tactics. .. I think the great tradition is you put your name on the line, and it’s not easy to do that, I understand that. But you accept the consequences for that, and I think you’ve done both.” The judge added, “I think people have been respectful in their approach, and I want to make that comment”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. (AP file photo: Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers at the Idaho Statehouse Feb. 3 in Boise)
More news from today's hearing:
- 'Not a fiscal issue, a civil rights issue'
- LeFavour: 'What we did this year ... was all that was left'
- Protester: 'Simply our duty to work for justice'
- Sentencing hearings: 'These are moral individuals'
- Protesters tell their stories, receive fines, community service
Question: Do you agree with the sentence that the sympathetic judge handed down for former state senator Nicole LeFavour?