AUGUSTA — Juries for six people accused defying police orders to leave the grounds of the Blaine House in November are scheduled to be selected Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Elizabeth A. Burke, 48, of Union; Kimberly G. Cormier, 47, of Benton; Patricia L. Messier, 63, of Wiscasset, Jenny Gray, 54, of Wiscasset April 6 and David J. Page, 44, of Surry, were all in court Tuesday to confirm those requests. They all are represented by attorneys Philip Worden and Lynne Williams.

Jury selection for co-defendant Gregory M. Fahy, 44, of Augusta, who is represented by attorney Walter McKee, also is set for Friday.

Another co-defendant, Michael J. Reynolds, 38, of Lewiston, pleaded no contest to the criminal trespass charge Tuesday afternoon and was convicted. He was fined $250.

“I was protesting,” Reynolds said after his hearing. “I was willing to stand up for the First Amendment for people in Capitol Park.”

He was accompanied by Diane H. Messer, 59, of Liberty, who was convicted by a jury on March 23 of criminal trespass and fined $400.

At her two-day trial, Messer testified that she was part of the Occupy Augusta movement and exercising her First Amendment right to protest at the Blaine House, which is the governor’s residence. Gov. Paul LePage was not there during the protest.

Altogether, nine people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass stemming from their protest on Nov. 27. They were protesting an order that they get a permit to use nearby Capitol Park, which had been occupied by protesters since Oct. 15. The tent city was dismantled in December after a federal judge ruled that police were within their rights to require a permit.

A charge remains pending against James Freeman, 62, of Verona Island, who is representing himself in the case, but a court date has yet to be set.

Several other people were sentenced Tuesday in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court:

* Margaret M. Begin, 44, of Belgrade, operating under the influence Jan. 22 in Augusta; four-day alternative sentencing program, $750 fine, 90-day license suspension.

* Mark C. Evans, 30, of Rome, disorderly conduct, fighting Feb. 3 in Rome; $500 fine.

* Shawn R. Figoli, 40, of Sidney, criminal trespass June 27, in Sidney; $350 fine.

* Joshua J. Sampe, 32, of Clinton, domestic-violence assault Feb. 4 in Clinton; 12-month jail sentence.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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