Nashville judge denies state's request to GPS monitor Capitol Hill protest leader
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- A Nashville judge has denied the State of Tennessee’s request to ban a leader of the Capitol Hill protests from state property.
Attorney General Herbert Slattery’s office on Thursday asked a Davidson County General Sessions Court to prohibit Justin Jones from entering the Capitol grounds or buildings.
Jones reportedly has 10 charges pending against him in connection with arrests made during recent protests.
The state also asked that Jones be fitted with a GPS monitor to ensure compliance.
The judge declined both requests.
The move comes one day after Tennessee’s GOP dominated legislature passed sweeping new criminal penalties targeting protesters.