Sarah Svobodny has gone in front of Seattle juries to face charges related to two separate activist incidents on Capitol Hill this year. And two times the jury has said she’s not guilty of a crime.
The 32-year-old was again acquitted Thursday morning, according to attorney Braden Pence of the Snohomish County Public Defender Association.
Pence was part of the successful defense of the “Chase 5″ earlier this year in which protesters — including Svobodny — admitted to chaining themselves together inside the Broadway Chase bank branch.
In the Seattle Municipal Court case decided by a jury last week, Svobodny was accused of obstructing a police officer in this June street protest that garnered citywide attention when one of the protesters was doused with pepper spray.
SPD said it was launching an internal investigation of Lt. Gregg Calder’s actions on the night of the protest. We’ve asked for an update on that five-month-old investigation but have not yet heard back from SPD.