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Crime Corner: Student demonstrators face probation, $25 fine

Series: Crime Corner | Story 13

COLFAX — It was on February 28, 1969, that forty-two students participated in a demonstration that prevented five Black students from entering the Whitman County jail to begin serving sentences on assault convictions.

According to a news article published by the Colfax Gazette on April 17, 1969, Carl Maxey, Spokane attorney, entered a technical plea of guilty for the students at the session, which began at 10:30 a.m. and lasted less than an hour in the superior courtroom at the courthouse.

“I have a feeling some of these people did not exactly understand what they were doing when they came ove...


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