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Tue July 8, 2008
Rainbow Family Members Enter Pleas
Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne
says four Rainbow Family members have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
charges stemming from a confrontation with U.S. Forest Service officers.
The Forest Service has said that Rainbow Family participants
threw rocks and sticks at officers last Thursday when the officers
were taking a man into custody for an alleged drug offense.
Defendants from Texas, New Mexico, California and North Dakota
pleaded guilty Monday to interfering with a Forest Service officer.
Two defendants, from Colorado and Texas, pleaded not guilty to
the same charge and also entered not guilty pleas to misdemeanor
charges of resisting Forest Service officers.
The incident occurred the day before the July 4 culmination of
this year's Rainbow Family gathering, an event that drew 7,000
people to national forest lands in western Wyoming.