Lawyers on call, prepared to defend protesters arrested at Trump rally

Protesters demonstrate at the August 22 campaign rally for President Trump. Phoenix police made a handful of arrests and used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd as the event came to a close. /Arizona Capitol Times/Photo by Ellen O’Brien

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times

As President Donald Trump arrived in downtown Phoenix on August 22, dozens of attorneys were on call ready to defend protesters and rally-goers alike – free of charge.

And they’re likely to be called on again.

Criminal defense attorney Julia Cassels, who sits on the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice Board of Governors, and ACLU Legal Director Kathy Brody, former president of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, had the same thought after seeing what happened in Charlottesville just days before: Mobilize volunteers to represent anyone charged with a crime related to the rally.

Cassels said they hoped for the best but prepared for the worst, anticipating the possibility of numerous arrests if peaceful protests devolved into violence.

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