Court throws out convictions in Canton protest - - Jackson, MS

Court throws out convictions in Canton protest

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of David Archie who was arrested in Canton in 2008 during a rally to protest alleged racial profiling by the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

Archie was 1 of 13 people arrested at the rally. Archie was convicted of disorderly conduct and violation of a Canton parade ordinance in 2010. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $275. The sentenced was suspended. The sentence was upheld in Madison County Circuit Court.

Archie was the founder of Citizens Against Racial Profiling, which staged the protest in March 17, 2008.

Appeals Judge Larry Roberts, writing for the court, said the city of Canton failed to file a response to Archie's appeal and that was considered a confession of error.

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