Published Online: October 6, 2009
Published in Print: October 7, 2009, as Detroit Board Member Not Guilty Of Charges After Scuffle at Meeting

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Detroit Board Member Not Guilty of Charges After Scuffle at Meeting

The Wayne County, Mich., prosecutor’s office says a Detroit school board member has been found not guilty of misdemeanor charges following a scuffle with a heckler.

The 36th District Court jury reached its decision Oct. 1 in the case of Marie Thornton, who had been charged with assault and battery and disorderly jostling stemming from a confrontation with then-60-year-old Loyce Lester, a Detroit minister. The incident followed a September 2007 school board meeting.

In a memo to the board, Ms. Thornton admitted shoving Mr. Lester, but said she was defending herself. She accused Mr. Lester of shoving her.

Vol. 29, Issue 06, Page 5

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