Tampa court officials release partial plan for protesters arrested at RNC 2012
A partial plan for what to do with protesters arrested during the Republican National Convention in August is designed for speed, including "expedited" hearings heard by multiple judges at the satellite county courthouse in Plant City — possibly day and night.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office hasn't decided where it will jail arrested protesters. But the court administration said Thursday that they will plead their cases via closed-circuit TV before judges in Plant City.
Judges will preside over two or three sessions a day. Court officials are contemplating more hearings at night.
"The plan is to expedite," said Michael Bridenback, trial court administrator for the 13th Judicial Circuit of Hillsborough County. "A lot of folks will be out-of-towners. We'd prefer to expeditiously dispose of as many cases as we can, in accordance with the rules."
The Aug. 27-30 convention is expected to draw 15,000 protesters.