Sharpton’s Trespassing Sentence Is Upheld
A federal appeals court in Boston upheld the convictions and sentences of the Rev. Al Sharpton and three New York politicians who were arrested during a protest against Navy bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.
Sharpton, along with New York City Councilman Adolfo Carrion, state Assemblyman Jose Rivera and Bronx County Democratic Party Chairman Roberto Ramirez, were arrested May 1 for trespassing on government property.
Sharpton was given a 90-day sentence because of a prior conviction for civil disobedience. The three others were each sentenced to 40 days.
The men appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Puerto Rico.