Capitol singers/protesters expected to appear in court

Friday August 23, 2013

MADISON, Wis.--- From the capitol rotunda to a courtroom today for dozens of protesters who have been cited by state capitol police.

Over the past month arrests and citations have been given to protesters who have been singing in the rotunda without a permit. Now several of those given tickets will face a judge. This is at least the second round of appearances in court for protesters.

The protesters, who often sing, have been called the "Solidarity Singers" although they generally refuse to give themselves an official or unofficial name.

The protesters say they do not need to have a permit to gather. A judge is expected to decide if the law requiring a permit is constitutional.

That judge has already said that groups of 19 or fewer do not need a permit.

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