Eight protestors plead guilty to trespassing

The eight people arrested after last week’s protest at Governor Rick Snyder’s Marquette office have pleaded guilty to trespassing on state property.

Those arrested were: Todd Aschmitz, 48, from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin; Susan Cameron, 50, of Manistique; Zelda Ziemer, 63, of Gwinn; Escanaba residents Todd Flath, 44 and Mike Johnson, 45; Marquette residents Barbara Michaels, 66, and Janet and William Joswiak, both 65.

Michigan State Police stand by outside the door of the Governor’s Marquette office as protesters line the hallway.

They each pleaded guilty at the District Court arraignments this morning and were each sentenced to pay $375 in fines and court costs.  The eight were part of a group protesting the new “Right to Work” law at the Governor’s Northern Michigan Office last Wednesday.

When the office closed for the day at 5 p.m., there were ten protesters in it.  The Michigan State Police twice asked them to leave.  Two of the protesters complied with the police orders.  The remaining eight who did not comply were arrested.