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July 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Seattle man convicted in protest of Nebraska city’s residency rule

The Associated Press

FREMONT, Neb. — A county judge says a man was trespassing when he protested Fremont’s ordinance requiring people to obtain licenses and swear they have legal permission to live in the U.S. before renting homes in the Nebraska city.

On Thursday, the Dodge County judge convicted Lyle George after the Seattle man explained that he thinks the law is discriminatory. On May 16, George refused to leave Fremont’s city offices after they closed.

George was ordered to pay $199 in fines and court costs. George says the fine is worth it to highlight what he considers a bad law.

George grew up in Nebraska and visits the state often to see family and friends. He says Fremont’s ordinance hurts the reputation of the city and the state.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Dodge County Court, Nebraska, residency law


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