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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Celebrity Arrests

Our chapters on civil rights and interest groups discuss protest as a political tactic.  Protest sometimes involves arrest as a result of civil disobedience.  One example is George Clooney, who briefly went to jail after protesting Sudanese human rights abuses:

Other celebrities have followed a similar course. Woody Harrelson faced a marijuana possession charge for planting hemp seeds as part of a crusade to legalize the plant. A Kentucky jury acquitted him.   Martin Sheen, of West Wing fame, has been under arrest more than 60 times for protesting everything from human rights abuse to environmental pollution.