Final Testimony Wednesday in Trial of Missouri Clergy Protesters

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A trial against more than 20 clergy members who protested in the Missouri Capitol is continuing.

Final testimony in the case is scheduled for Wednesday. The trial comes more than two years after hundreds of clergy members and other activists protested lawmakers’ refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility in May 2014 in the state Senate’s public gallery.

Senate GOP leaders halted work for about an hour as police cleared the gallery. Capitol Police arrested 23 clergy members who at first refused to leave.

Those protesters, sometimes called the Medicaid 23, each face up to $500 in fines and up to six months behind bars.

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