“It was a half a cigarette verdict,” Lisa Landis joked, with a wide grin and obvious relief outside the Buncombe County Courthouse in Asheville, North Carolina. Landis had earlier been called back to the courtroom less than fifteen minutes after the jury left to deliberate her case. She was on trial for impeding traffic, a misdemeanor with potential for 20 days jail time. Landis maintained her innocence and contends she was targeted for prosecution because she is a critic of Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore, and was well known as a public media producer on the free-speech forum UR-TV.
“I’ve never seen a not guilty that fast,” said defense attorney Ben Scales. Even the court bailiff was pleased, winking at Landis as she left the courtroom and telling Scales, “I’m glad people are standing up for what they believe in.” Jury members in the elevator and leaving the courthouse were also in high spirits and glad to get out into the cool, bright mountain day. “I’ve still got time to go fishing,” one said.
Landis, a 53 year old homeless grandmother, is “homefree” as she calls her current circumstance. She hitched rides eight times from Florida to Asheville and back to make her numerous court appearances. “Flying a sign”
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Hey Clare… thank you for your work as a Citizen Journalist… It is so interesting how WLOS and Mountain X expressed my Guilt at the first trial but Refused to air my Not Guilty verdict by 12 members of my peers in my jury trial.
Since then… I have filed a false arrest complaint with the AVL PD. Sargent Brown testified on the witness stand there was No Evidence for the 2 original charges that were dropped before the 1st court date. I was targeted because I have been exposing the corruption in WNC. They have been trying to silence my voice as a citizen journalist for years.
Now They Will Pay for their indiscretions!!!
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