Felix Omai made her second appearance in the Garberville Justice Court on Friday, accompanied by her lawyer Ed Denson. Omai is facing charges stemming from an Occupy the Bridges Day on Nov. 17, 2011.
Omai hung a bedsheet banner off the Sprowel Creek overpass and refused to take it down when asked to do so by a Caltrans employee. The employee called the CHP and two officers were dispatched to the scene. One of the officers asked if she were carrying a weapon and Omai told them she had a Leatherman on her keychain. Omai, a photographer, filmed her encounters with Caltrans and the CHP officers. Her camera was confiscated. Omai was handcuffed and arrested.
Well over a dozen people filled the corridor outside the court in the Garberville Veterans Building and followed Omai into the courtroom to show their support for her. Omai stood silent while her attorney Ed Denson addressed the judge. Denson said that the prosecutor had offered Omai a sentence of two years probation and community service, but that Omai had refused the offer and wanted a jury trial.
After checking the court schedule and that of the attorney, a date of April 4 was set for a preliminary appearance with the trial scheduled to begin April 23. Both appearances will be in Superior Court in the Eureka Courthouse.