A lawyer representing two people charged with alleged non-compliance with COVID-19 rules in a protest in Moncton failed to file a plea of guilt on their behalf in Moncton provincial court on Wednesday.
Attorney Joshua Halpern filed the complaints by phone for 34-year-old Bathurst resident Nicholas DeAngelis and 31-year-old Britney Green.
DeAngelis and Green were arrested and charged after protesting COVID-19 restrictions outside Moncton City Hall on Jan. 24.
The Ontario-based attorney was hired by Rebel News to refuse tickets for pandemic rule violations, according to the organization’s website. He also represents 29-year-old Jonathan Rossiter from Nackawic, who was among five defendants after the protest.
Halpern informed the judge of the provincial court, Brigette Volpé, that he was discussing the solution of the three cases with a prosecutor.
He requested an adjournment until July 7, which was granted.
Volpé asked if Halpern would be present that day, but he said he would appear by phone. The judge said if he isn’t present in court, DeAngelis and Green must be there.
DeAngelis is being prosecuted for disturbing a superstore in Moncton by yelling, causing mischief by disrupting the use of property, and resisting two police officers on December 31, 2020.
DeAngelis reportedly violated the provincial emergency measures law on December 31 by not wearing a mask and on January 24 by attending a meeting of more than five people without being physically distant and not wearing a mask .
Green faces similar criminal charges.
Dawn Teakles, 49, from Moncton and David Robert West, 54, from Riverview were also charged after the protest in front of the town hall.
Teakles is set to go to trial on January 31, 2022, while West returns to court on May 11. Rossiter returns to court on July 6th.