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He had a bandana over his face.

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Also:

"In order to get more attention, he intentionally dressed like a robber"

I'm not sure exactly what that looks like, but that probably doesn't help his case.

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Well, the news story disagrees. I added the emphasis. The story twice reports that he was inside two different banks.

"Gorczynski was arrested ***after walking into a pair of city banks*** and displaying two signs, one reading, "You're being robbed," the other reading, "Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, he can rob a country," authorities have said. "

"Mary Catherine Roper, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said that while she thinks Gorczynski ***should not have entered the banks***, the charges of attempted robbery and terroristic threats are unwarranted. "

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He wasn't inside the bank.

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Yeah, most of what you posted is contained within the version I linked to as well.

As for "free speech" - pfft. What kind of idiot lawyer has he got here that thinks "You're being robbed" inside a bank is going to be a 1st Amendment case?

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Dunno why that link won't work, but the article is dated Aug. 8 That's the entire article copied in the previous 2 posts.

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Morganelli said he advised Easton police to drop two charges of attempted robbery against Gorczynski because he showed no such intention. The remaining charges of making terroristic threats, a felony, and summary disorderly conduct should stand, however, because Gorczynski caused people to fear for their safety, the district attorney said. That type of behavior is not protected free speech, he said, comparing it to shouting fire in a crowded theater.

"'You're being robbed' is not a political statement. It's a direct statement that brought real fear to employees and its customers," Morganelli said. He said he would be willing to negotiate a plea deal for Gorczynski and is not seeking prison time.

Morganelli said Gorczynski told police he made similar protests in the past dressed in a business suit but got laughed at. In order to get more attention, he intentionally dressed like a robber, Morganelli said. He also told police he debated whether to bring the "You're being robbed" sign inside the banks, Morganelli said.

"Obviously, that showed to me he was aware that was going to cause some sort of concern," he said.

Following Morganelli's announcement, Gorczynski was standing outside the Northampton County Courthouse with a sign reading, "The banks got bailed out. We got sold out." A stream of drivers honked and waved at him, shouting support. Gorczynski, dressed in an Occupy Wall Street T-shirt, deferred comment to his attorney.

He is free on 10 percent of $10,000 bail.

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Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli announced today the withdrawal of the most serious criminal charges against a protester who sparked fears of robberies Monday at two Easton banks.

David "Nature Dave" Gorczynski, 22, of Easton, still faces four charges after dressing like a bandit and carrying a sign reading, "You're being robbed" at the banks, Morganelli said.

Phil Lauer, Gorczynski's defense attorney, said they were glad to see the most serious charges dropped but that he believes Gorczynski's actions were protected by the First Amendment. Gorczynski stood silently at the banks' entrances and made no threatening movements to anyone, Lauer said.

"We're going to have to respectfully agree to disagree on this one," Lauer said of Morganelli's interpretation. Lauer refused to rule out any options in court, including a plea deal, going to trial or applying for a first-time offender's program.

Easton police received a 911 call Monday morning from the Wells Fargo Bank in the first block of South Third Street about a man holding a sign with the words gun, bank and robbery, according to authorities. They found Gorczynski in the parking lot of the Bank of America on Larry Holmes Drive wearing black clothing and a black bandana.

Along with the sign reading, "You're being robbed", he also carried a sign that said, "Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, he can rob a country," authorities said.

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The article posted said he displayed a "You're being robbed" sign INSIDE two different banks. I'm not certain, but has this been discredited?

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Bah! It was more than 6 months old. I apologize; usually the facebook person who put it up is more reliable.

But the article says the guy did not go into the bank, but had merely thought about it. He was out in the parking lot; perhaps technically trespassing. They'd already dropped the charges of attempted bank robbery.

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