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Prosecutor plans hearing to clear lunch counter protesters

ROCK HILL (AP) — A prosecutor in York County plans a hearing early next year to clear the trespassing convictions of 10 people who tried to desegregate a lunch counter in 1961.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that prosecutor Kevin Brackett plans to hold the hearing in January on behalf of the Friendship College students who were arrested for their sit-down protest at a lunch counter in a Rock Hill department store.

The 10 black students were dragged out of the restaurant and charged with trespassing. They were convicted the next day. Nine of the students spent a month in the York County prison farm rather than pay the $100 fine.

Brackett said he would ask for new trials and then ask that the cases be vacated.

 

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