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Minn. protester acquitted of assault at law firm

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A jury has acquitted an anti-foreclosure Occupy Homes MN protester of assault at a St. Paul law firm.

The Ramsey County jury Monday convicted 38-year-old Anthony Newby, of Minneapolis, of trespassing.

Newby was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to stay away from the law firm's offices and a paralegal who was injured in a protest at the firm last March. He also was fined $200.

Newby told the judge he looks forward to the day executives "who crashed our financial system" get the same amount of scrutiny he did.

Prosecutors said Newby grabbed the paralegal during the protest and pushed her. He testified he initiated no contact with her.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports about three dozen supporters sat in the courtroom during closing arguments.

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