Video by James Dunn, Maverick Productions.
Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale was sentenced to 12 months of probation, 40 hours of community service, and $1,000 fine by Hon. Senior Judge Martha Christian in Dawson County Superior Court in Dawsonville, Georgia on Monday, December 18, 2017.
“I do have to inform you, Ms. Tisdale, you have been convicted by a jury. You have now been sentenced. You have a right to appeal your conviction to a higher court. You also have a right to file a motion for a new trial with this court. You must do so within 30 days because the sentence will be entered today. I’m sure that Mr. [Bruce] Harvey will inform you of that right. And if the motion for new trial is denied, you would have 30 days from that point to file a notice of appeal. If you have any complaints about your attorney or the way your case was handled, you also would need to bring that to the attention of the Court.”
Video by Doug Davis, Audit Recon.
Nydia Tisdale was arrested while quietly video recording a public campaign rally for Governor Nathan Deal and then-U.S. Senate candidate and now-U.S. Senator David Perdue at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Off-duty deputy Tony Wooten frogmarched Tisdale out of the rally in the gourd shed and frotteurized her against the checkout counter in the barn. Tisdale testified during trial that she felt like she was being raped with her clothes on.
Tisdale filed a federal lawsuit against Tony Wooten, et al. alleging violations of her civil rights in May 2016. The civil case is stayed pending resolution of the criminal case.
Tony Wooten ran for Dawson County Sheriff and won in the primary election, but lost in the runoff election to Jeff Johnson in July 2016.
After a week-long jury trial in Nov.—Dec. 2017, Tisdale was found not guilty of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, and not guilty of felony obstruction of an officer; Tisdale was found guilty of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.
Tisdale is appealing her conviction of obstruction. A hearing for a motion for a new trial is scheduled on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in the Dawson County Government Center, 4th Floor, 25 Justice Way, Dawsonville, GA 30534.
The hearing is open to the public to attend.
#Nydeo by Nydia Tisdale, AboutForsyth.com.
Tisdale’s pro bono trial counsel were Bruce Harvey and Catherine Bernard. Tisdale’s pro bono appellate counsel are Andrew Fleischman and Noah Pines, Ross and Pines. Attorneys waived their legal fees to fight for First Amendment freedoms to protect our right to a Free Press.
The official trial transcript needed to appeal costs over $10,000. Supporters may contribute via paypal.me/NydiaTisdale.
Thank you in advance.