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Protesters in Madison haven’t yet paid fines

A protester is removed from a meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance at the state Capitol on June 3 in Madison. Many of the people arrested during the protests have yet to pay their fines. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

A protester is removed from a meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance at the state Capitol on June 3 in Madison. Many of the people arrested during the protests have yet to pay their fines. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Since the protests over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal began in February, tens of thousands of people have demonstrated at the Capitol.

Most of the protests have been civil. But, according to the Department of Administration, 41 people have been arrested a total of 59 times.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that protesters who have been cited haven’t yet had to pay their fines.

For example, 22-year-old Jeremy Ryan owes over $3,500 and hasn’t had to pay anything yet. His attorney doesn’t think prosecutors will pursue his client’s disorderly conduct citations.

But Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said that’s not necessarily the case. He said it takes time for cases to move through the system.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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