UNC Student Found Guilty Of Smearing Blood On Confederate Statue Not Facing Punishment

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter
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A North Carolina judge is not punishing a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student who was found guilty for vandalizing a Confederate statue.

UNC Ph.D. student Maya Little admitted Monday to pouring blood and red paint on the school’s “Silent Sam” statue on April 30. Orange County Judge Samantha Cabe, however, decided to waive court fees or restitution and that Little will face no sentence, The Associated Press reported. (RELATED: UNC Student Found Guilty For Throwing Red Paint And Blood On ‘Silent Sam’ Statue)

Cabe made the call under a judicial move called “continued judgment.” This is where even if a person is found guilty of a misdemeanor or has pleaded guilty, a court can decide to not enter a plea against the person, according to Welborn Law.

Little gave pamphlets describing the historical context of the statue and tried to meet with the administration before vandalizing the statue, according to her testimony, the AP reported.

“Despite every effort I made … I was not only met with silence but also harassment,” Little said, the AP reported.

Cleaning the stains off the statue took several days and cost $4,000, a campus maintenance supervisor testified.

The university spent $390,000 to protect the statue between June 2017 and June 2018.

UNC declined to comment and the district court judge’s office in Orange County did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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