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Judge: Correia may attend council meetings

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new court order allows protester David Correia to attend City Council meetings and to visit City Hall for other business.

But he must stay away from the mayor’s office.

Correia was one of 13 people arrested in the mayor’s office last week during a sit-in to protest police violence. He was also charged with battery on a police officer. The city accused him of pushing a member of the mayor’s security detail.

Correia says the charge is without merit, and he has pleaded not guilty.

In an order signed Tuesday, Metropolitan Judge Cristina Jaramillo said Correia’s conditions of release from jail mean he cannot return to the site of the protest – the 11th floor of City Hall. But he may enter the building to attend City Council meetings or handle any other “legitimate business he may have.”

The meeting chambers are in the basement. The mayor’s office is on the top floor.

The order came after Correia’s attorneys asked the judge to modify his conditions of release.

Correia is a tenured professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

The status of 12 other protesters arrested last week remains unchanged, an attorney working with them said. They still have trespass notices ordering them not to return to City Hall.