Judge Fines 6 Arrested at Protest With DC Mayor

Fines up to $200 for federal budget deal protest

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    A Capitol Hill police officer talks to Washington Mayor Vincent Gray before he was arrested during a protest on Capitol Hill of the restrictions placed on the district as part of the federal budget deal on Monday, April 11, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    A judge has fined a group of six people arrested with District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray during a protest on Capitol Hill in April.

    A Superior Court judge found the group blocked traffic and failed to obey police order to disperse. Individuals were fined up to $200 Wednesday at the end of a two-day trial.

    The mayor and 40 others were arrested April 11 after sitting down and blocking Constitution Avenue near the U.S. Capitol. The group was protesting a compromise federal budget deal that imposed new restrictions on the district.

    After their arrests, the mayor and most protesters paid $50 fines to get out of jail and have charges dropped.

    Seven people arrested with the mayor decided to go to trial. One person was found not guilty.

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