The Reverend William J. Barber Jr. will remain barred from the General Assembly while a second-degree trespassing charge is pending, unless a judge authorizes his return, court records show.
In a Wednesday hearing at the Wake County Justice Center, District Court Judge Michael J. Dennis upheld parts of a May 30 order that barred civil rights leader Barber, fifty-three, from the General Assembly. The ruling came after a hearing in which Barber and others asked that the conditions of their release—not returning to the legislative building—be modified.
“Defendant shall not to [sic] return to the North Carolina Legislative Building for the pendency of this action, or further order of the undersigned,” the order, signed by Dennis, reads.
“He did find that the pretrial release petition was overly broad,” says Geeta Kapur, Barber’s lawyer.…