DISTRICT BRIEFING

DISTRICT BRIEFING

Saturday, October 6, 2007

SUPERIOR COURT

Activists Face Trial for Signs Advertising Rally

Three antiwar activists arrested on charges of defacing public property by pasting protest signs throughout the city are to stand trial Jan. 3 in D.C. Superior Court.

Adam Kokesh, Tina Richards and Ian Thompson appeared in court Thursday. They face up to six months in jail if convicted of the charge, according to a news release issued by the ANSWER Coalition.

They were arrested Sept. 6 near Lafayette Square, where the antiwar group was holding a news conference about its controversial signs.

The D.C. Department of Public Works has fined the group for blanketing the city with posters advertising a Sept. 15 antiwar march. An adhesive was used that city officials said made the signs difficult to remove. In turn, the ANSWER Coalition has sued the city, alleging violations of constitutional rights.

Coalition organizers have said that the adhesive was water-soluble.

-- Nikita Stewart

SOUTHEAST

Police Seek Aid in Identifying Slain Woman

D.C. police are seeking the public's help in identifying a homicide victim whose body was found Wednesday near the playground of Wilkinson Elementary School.

The victim, found at 9:45 a.m. in the 2300 block of Pomeroy Road SE, is described as a black female, 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing about 116 pounds and in her late teens to mid-20s. She was wearing a woven bracelet on her right wrist with "Remy {heart} Markeda" on the band.


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