Case against Capitol protesters moves forward in Missouri

Aug 15, 2016

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

  Prosecutors are moving forward with a case against 23 clergy members involved in a 2014 protest of the Missouri Senate.

Authorities charged the clergy with obstructing government operations and first-degree trespassing after they and a few hundred others protested lawmakers’ refusal to expand Obamacare two years ago. 

Protesters had filled the Senate’s public galleries, chanted and sang before the police arrested 23 of the 100 protestors and clergy members.

Jury selection for the case began today as a few dozen faith leaders sang and prayed outside Cole County Circuit Court where the selection was taking place. Arguments are expected to begin Tuesday.