Man ticketed for attending public budget meeting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Charleston man who is a frequent critic of the local school board was ticketed for trespassing at a public budget meeting this week.

Reports indicate that Henry Copeland got the ticket Tuesday. Copeland did not disrupt the discussion and says he wants a jury trial.

Jay Bender, an attorney for the South Carolina Press Association, says he's never heard of someone being arrested for trespassing at a public meeting.

But school district attorney John Emerson said others who have been threatening or abusive toward the district staff have been told not to trespass. He said several district workers expressed concerns about Copeland.

Emerson wrote Copeland in January saying he was prohibited from district property for any reason, including public meetings.

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