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Attorney wants charge dropped
Fried accused of trespassing for carrying pitchfork

Paul Frankfurter/Courtesy -- Mohave County Manager Ron Walker stops Mervin Fried at the doors to the County Administration Building Feb. 16 following a rally against the county’s new policies against politicking and guns on county property. Walker asked Fried to leave his pitchfork outside. When Fried refused he was arrested on charges of trespassing. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Paul Frankfurter/Courtesy -- Mohave County Manager Ron Walker stops Mervin Fried at the doors to the County Administration Building Feb. 16 following a rally against the county’s new policies against politicking and guns on county property. Walker asked Fried to leave his pitchfork outside. When Fried refused he was arrested on charges of trespassing. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

KINGMAN - The attorney for a Kingman man accused of trespassing on county property with a pitchfork plans to file a motion to dismiss the charges.

Mervin Fried was arrested Feb. 16 on misdemeanor charges of trespassing for attempting to carry a pitchfork into the Mohave County Administration Building following a political rally against the county's proposed polices involving politicking, guns and dress on county property. The Board of Supervisors adopted the policies on March 1.

A hearing on the case slated for Monday morning was postponed; a new hearing date has not been set.

Fried and his attorney, Eric Engan, recently met with County Manager Ron Walker and the prosecutor handling the case. After talking with Walker and the prosecutor, Engan believes the county did not have a good enough reason to arrest Fried for trespassing and wants the charges dismissed.

"This has cost me nearly $2,000. How much has it cost the taxpayer? Why won't the county drop the charges?" Fried asked.

Fried was offered a plea agreement by the County Attorney's Office that included a $100 fine, but decided to fight the charges instead.

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