Sacto 9-1-1
June 27, 2013
Drone protesters' bid for jury trial rejected

By Denny Walsh

Five people who protest the government's use of drones and who were arrested for trespassing at Beale Air Force Base had their request for a jury trial rejected by a federal judge Thursday.

The U. S. attorney's office in Sacramento did not want the protesters to have a jury trial, and the prosecutor argued at a Thursday hearing that the law precludes it. Lawyers for the defendants argued that it is a matter left up to the judge.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney sided with the government, while musing about her uncertainty the law confers such discretion on the court.

The five are scheduled for trial Aug. 12, before Delaney.

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