Repeat charges against bear-hunt protester Bill Crain bring jail time
Katie Moen reports for the New Jersey Herald:
Prominent animal rights activist Bill Crain, who faced civil disobedience charges related to protests against the state bear hunt, was sentenced Thursday to 10 days in the county jail.
Crain, who lives with his wife on a 40-acre farm and sanctuary in Poughquag, N.Y., has a long history of protest-related arrests. Since 2005, he has been convicted seven times for acts of civil disobedience.
In 2015, Crain, 73, a professor of psychology at City College of New York, was fined $1,500 after pleading guilty to using a state wildlife management area contrary to posted regulation. At the time, Municipal Court Judge William Devine dismissed two other charges that had been filed against Crain (obstructing the administration of law and recklessly creating a hazardous or physically dangerous condition), but warned him that another conviction could mean jail time.
Thursday night, that prediction came true. Crain again entered a guilty plea to the charge of using a state wildlife management area contrary to posted regulation. Though Crain has always been able to avoid incarceration in the past, Devine imposed a 10-day jail sentence this time around. The other two charges, the same as in previous years, were dropped.
About 20 supporters were present in in the courtroom, including one woman who sat with a stuffed bear on her lap.