Bree Newsome, the North Carolina woman arrested last month in Columbia in the removal of the Confederate flag from a monument at the State House, put in a brief appearance Monday at the Richland County courthouse.
“It was just an appearance,” said her lawyer, Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland. That means that she appeared only for the purpose of scheduling her next court appearance, he said, sometime in the next few months.
A note from Newsome’s Twitter account said her next court appearance is in November.
Newsome was arrested June 27 at the State House after she scaled a 30-foot flagpole and unhooked the Confederate flag. She was arrested immediately and surrendered without incident. She is charged with defacing a public monument. She and fellow activist James Tyson, who also was charged, could face a $5,000 maximum fine and three years in prison.
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After a July vote in the S.C. General Assembly, the flag was taken down permanently.