Occupier on trial tries to bring weed into courthouse 

click to enlarge Richard Barksdale could spend up at a year in jail for crimes he committed while participating in two separate Occupy SF incidents. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Richard Barksdale could spend up at a year in jail for crimes he committed while participating in two separate Occupy SF incidents.

For one Occupy San Francisco protester, resisting arrest was apparently more important than appealing to the 99 percent.

On Tuesday, prosecutors say, Richard Barksdale, 43, allegedly tried to bring marijuana into the Hall of Justice during his trial on misdemeanor vandalism and trespassing charges related in part to an Occupy SF protest earlier this year. But it wasn’t the weed that got him in trouble.

Barksdale reportedly resisted when sheriff’s deputies tried to arrest him. He was scheduled to testify on his own behalf, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said. Barksdale was flagged by deputies for bringing marijuana through security. He does not have a medical marijuana prescription, but his wife does, and she was with him at the time, Bastian said.

Later, jurors in his vandalism and trespassing case — who weren’t told why Barksdale was running late — unwittingly got revenge. They convicted him on three counts related to the Occupy takeover of a Tenderloin building and vandalism at the former Cathedral Hill Hotel. He faces up to a year in County Jail when he is sentenced today, Bastian said.

Last month, Barksdale was convicted on a separate vandalism charge related to another Cathedral Hill Hotel vandalism incident.

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