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Judge rules against motion to dismiss trespassing charges

KINGMAN - A Kingman man's efforts to have trespassing charges against him dismissed have been quashed by the court. Mervin Fried's attorney, Eric Engan, filed a motion to dismiss the charges against Fried on Aug. 20.

Fried was arrested and charged with trespassing on Feb. 16 when he attempted to enter the County Administration Building with a pitchfork after attending a protest outside.

Engan argued in his motion that Fried was exercising his 1st Amendment right when he attempted to bring the pitchfork into the building and that County Manager Ron Walker had no authority to have Fried arrested.

Judge Paul Jullen dismissed Engan's motion on Oct. 28, saying the county had provided enough evidence to support the trespassing charges. This does not mean that the case against Fried has been decided, Jullen wrote in his decision. It only means that Engan's motion has not been granted. The case is set to go to trial on Dec. 1 in the Kingman/Cerbat Justice Court.

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