TULSA - Several Occupy Tulsa protestors sat before judge and jury Thursday awaiting potentially hefty fines, but they're not the only ones facing a lighter wallet.
Taxpayers will be left with a $31,000 debt as a result of 31 individual court cases. Fifteen of the original 34 arrested protesters chose not to go to trial, taking instead a $200 plea deal.
"I think this whole process is a waste of taxpayer money," said protestor John Harlien, who appeared in court Wednesday. "It's ridiculous the city is pursuing it like they have."
Harlien was found guilty of breaking curfew and resisting arrest, and sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $650 fine. Harlien was arrested on three occasions, meaning even more penalties.
"I couldn't believe the jury spent 20 minutes only deliberating," he said. "I'm not sure how I'll come up with the money."
All three occupiers in court lost their case but plan to appeal.
More could accept a plea in the coming days, which could save thousands in tax dollars.
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