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Activists who removed Confederate flag from SC State House to face judge

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Bree Newsome of Charlotte, N.C., right, is taken into custody after she removed the Confederate battle flag from a monument in front of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, June, 27, 2015. The flag was raised again by capitol workers about 45 minutes later.
Bree Newsome of Charlotte, N.C., right, is taken into custody after she removed the Confederate battle flag from a monument in front of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, June, 27, 2015. The flag was raised again by capitol workers about 45 minutes later. AP

The two people who took down the Confederate battle flag that was once housed on State House grounds are expected to be in court Monday morning.

One month ago, activist Bree Newsome climbed the pole and removed the flag. She was in a harness secured below by James Tyson.

When Newsome got to the ground, she and Tyson were arrested. Both are charged with defacing state property.

Monday’s court hearing will only be a first appearance for scheduling. They will be given another court date to come back in 90 to 180 days.

If convicted at the later trial date, they face three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

Newsome and Tyson both live in Charlotte.

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