Case dismissed against protester of Salem's "Bewitched" statue





A local history buff who was arrested after he protested the unveiling of a statue of sitcom witch in this historic city was cleared of the charges. The statue, donated by the TV Land cable channel, portrays Montgomery straddling a broom. Sorell was indignant that the statue was erected just a few yards away from where innocent people were condemned to death during the Salem witch trials of 1692. To protest, Sorell carried a sign that read: "Elizabeth Who? Is She from Salem?" Sorell turned down a deal that would have dismissed the charges of disorderly conduct so that he could go to trial. He hoped to prove that police violated his First Amendment rights when they arrested him during his June protest.




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