Former Ashland councilman found guilty of interfering with police at 2011 protest

Former Ashland City Councilman Eric Navickas was found guilty of interfering with police and fined $250 during a two-day jury trial that concluded today in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The jury found Navickas not guilty of disorderly conduct.

The charges alleged Navickas resisted arrest during a protest against expansion of the Mt. Ashland Ski Area held on June 28, 2011, on the Ashland Plaza.

Judge Tim Gerking said he believed Ashland's permitting process at the time, which required a $600 fee and notice to surrounding businesses 60 days in advance, was unconstitutional. Ashland has since dropped the notification requirement but still requires a permit for a reduced fee.

Navickas' attorney, Justin Rosas, said they will appeal the guilty verdict.

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