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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee prosecutor confirmed Wednesday that his office has reached a resolution involving a young black activist’s high-profile court case.
Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott says the agreement states that 24-year-old Justin Jones will have no contact with Republican Reps. Glen Casada and Debra Moody and Jones will be barred from the lawmakers’ office building until April 22. However, Jones will be allowed to visit the state Capitol after temporarily being banned by a judge.
“The victims are in agreement with this resolution,” Northcott said in an email. “They are hopeful that he will learn from this situation and take advantage of this opportunity. Other than the dismissal order, there will be no further action on these cases so long as he abides by the above conditions.”
Jones was one of two protesters arrested in February on misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges for allegedly throwing a cup of liquid toward Casada - who was the Tennessee House speaker at the time - and Moody in an elevator during a demonstration at the Capitol.
He was eventually instructed not to contact Casada and Moody, as well as being told he could not return to the Statehouse while his case moved through the courts. However, his case quickly received national attention amid allegations that Casada’s office doctored an email to frame Jones for a bond violation.
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