4 arrested telescope protesters avoid going to trial
Mauna Kea protesters (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Four college students who had been awaiting trial after being arrested last year during a protest over the construction of a solar telescope on Maui have had most of their criminal charges dismissed.
The Maui News reports that the students now only face a single misdemeanor count each of disorderly conduct, which doesn't require a jury trial. A judge on Monday dismissed charges of failure to disperse and refusal to provide ingress or egress against all four defendants.
The students had been among 200 people who gathered to protest the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope being built at the Haleakala summit on July 31. Twenty people were arrested after some protesters chained themselves together and blocked the paths of trucks carrying parts for the telescope.
This story has been corrected to show the protesters were arrested at a demonstration at a construction site the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Maui and not the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island
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