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Woman charged with removing Confederate flag from State House grounds appears in court

Bree Newsome of Charlotte, right, is taken into custody after she removed the Confederate battle flag from a monument in front of the SC State House June 27 in Columbia.
Bree Newsome of Charlotte, right, is taken into custody after she removed the Confederate battle flag from a monument in front of the SC State House June 27 in Columbia. FILE PHOTO/AP

Bree Newsome, the Charlotte woman arrested last month in Columbia in the removal of the Confederate flag from a monument at the State House, put in a brief appearance Monday at the Richland County courthouse.

“It was just an appearance,” said her lawyer, Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland. That means that she appeared only for the purpose of scheduling her next court appearance, he said, sometime in the next few months.

A note from Newsome’s Twitter account said her next court appearance is in November.

Newsome was arrested June 27 at the State House after she scaled a 30-foot flagpole and unhooked the Confederate flag. She was arrested immediately and surrendered without incident. She is charged with defacing a public monument. She and fellow activist James Tyson, who also was charged, could face a $5,000 maximum fine and three years in prison.

After a July vote in the S.C. General Assembly, the flag was taken down permanently.

John Monk

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