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12-Year-Old War Peace Activist (and Her Mother) Arrested for Trespassing at Sen. Tom Harkin's Office

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DES MOINES, Iowa  — A 12-year-old girl has been arrested for
trespassing after she allegedly refused to leave U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's
office in Des Moines while protesting the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Frankie Hughes was arrested late Wednesday. Her mother, Renee Espeland,
who was standing outside the Iowa Democrat's office, was ticketed for
contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police were called
after another woman, Christine Gaunt, allegedly refused to leave
Harkin's office when it closed. Police found Gaunt and Hughes in the
office, and both were arrested.

Sally Frank, a law professor at
Drake University, says she will probably defend the protesters. She
says she thinks police were "trying to put a scare into the peace
movement."

More at the DesMoines Register, here.

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