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Protesters who staged a sit-in at Susan Collins’ office to serve 24 hours in jail

Three women who staged a sit-in inside Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ Bangor office last December will spend 24 hours in jail for disobeying repeated orders to leave the premises.

A federal judge ruled on Friday that the women remained inside the office illegally when they refused an order to leave the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building at 202 Harlow St. They had gathered there on Dec. 18, 2017, to protest Collins’ support of a sweeping GOP tax overhaul bill.

The women will spend their day in jail this weekend. The short sentence reflected the recommendation of their lawyer, Logan Perkins, and what U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison felt was appropriate, given the peaceful nature of their protest.

“They’ve been very clear that this was an act of conscience for them,” Perkins told Nivison.

Each woman faced a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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