Illinois State University Gaza war protesters to go on trial later this month | MyStateline

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — The trial of seven people arrested at Illinois State University in May for protesting the Gaza war was pushed back two weeks.

During a hearing in McLean County Circuit Court, the attorney for the seven protesters, Cheryl Weikel, pleaded for the delay, citing two hectic two weeks with no time for proper preparation.

She also said this lawsuit was “content-based” and argued that the content they protested was the basis for prosecution.

The judge allowed the delay and moved the trial back to July 31.

The seven people were arrested on May 3 after a meeting with ISU President Aondover Tarhule in Hovey Hall over the war in Gaza where the accused would not leave the premises after the building was closed.

They were charged. The defendants were arrested and charged with trespassing.

If found guilty, they could face up to 1 year in prison and/or a $2,500 fine.

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