US Prosecutors drop charge vs. commentator Lucian Wintrich

23:55  11 december  2017
23:55  11 december  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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STORRS, Conn. — Prosecutors have dropped a breach of peace charge filed against conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich after a confrontation with protesters last month during an appearance at the University of Connecticut.

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Lucian Wintrich, White House correspondent for the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit, leaves Rockville Superior Court in Vernon, Conn., Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Charges of breach of peace against Wintrich were dropped stemming from a Nov 28 incident at the University of Connecticut at which Wintrich delivered a speech titled © The Associated Press Lucian Wintrich, White House correspondent for the right-wing blog Gateway Pundit, leaves Rockville Superior Court in Vernon, Conn., Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Charges of breach of peace against Wintrich were dropped stemming from a Nov 28 incident at the University of Connecticut at which Wintrich delivered a speech titled "It's OK To Be White". (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

STORRS, Conn. — Prosecutors have dropped a breach of peace charge filed against conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich over a confrontation with protesters during an appearance at the University of Connecticut.

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Prosecutors have dropped a breach of peace charge filed against conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich over a confrontation with protesters during an appearance at the University of Connecticut.

(AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a breach of peace charge filed against conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich after a confrontation with protesters last month during an appearance at the University of Connecticut.

Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the right-wing website Gateway Pundit, was charged after grabbing a woman who took his notes from the lectern as he prepared to give a speech last month titled "It's OK To Be White."

The woman, 33-year-old Catherine Gregory, of Willimantic, turned herself in Sunday to face charges of attempted larceny and disorderly conduct. She did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment.

Gregory, who is free on a $1,000 bond, is due in court on Wednesday.

Wintrich, who had argued he had every right to retrieve his property, said outside the courthouse Monday that he was pleased "the system corrected itself."

"We don't want to create a precedent that people can walk up to speeches they find disagreeable and steal them," he said. "I mean that's really not what America is about."

Wintrich's attorney, Norm Pattis, said Gregory and UConn would hear from him soon.

"Free speech matters," he said. "It's OK to be white, black, brown or anything in between. My client came to Connecticut and was treated like a criminal for no reason."

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This story has been corrected to show Gregory is 33 years old, not 35.

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