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Case against woman arrested at Ohio Statehouse protest dismissed

Erin Woods was charged with criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, but a judge later dismissed the case.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The case against a woman arrested during a protest at the Ohio Statehouse last month has been dismissed, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records.

A judge ordered the case and fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of criminal charge trespassing against 33-year-old Erin Woods dismissed for payment of court costs, which records show totaled $93.

Court records show she also served two days in jail before she was released on her own recognizance.

Woods was arrested by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers outside the Statehouse on July 9.

OSHP wrote in the initial court filing that Woods was protesting on the west side of the Statehouse just after 1:30 p.m. Near it was an area restricted by fencing and there was an order by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board to not cross it.

In video surveillance, Woods is seen going around fencing that was around a restricted area and chaining herself with a lock to the fixed railing of the steps. She was asked to remove the chain from the railing and leave the area but refused.

OSHP said Woods continued protesting over women's rights. Troopers cut the chain, detained Woods and escorted her into the building.

No other arrests or unrest at the Statehouse were reported after Woods' arrest.

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