On Monday, the Orange County District Court saw the appeal of two demonstrators who were arrested during an anti-Silent Sam demonstration on Sept. 8. Josh Mascharka and Julia Pulawski both appeared in court before Judge James Hill. Both were represented by Scott Holmes, who had previously represented other demonstrators involved in incidents related to Silent Sam.
Mascharka was charged with resisting arrest, to which he pled not guilty. Pulawski faced two counts of assault on a campus police officer. She had previously claimed that one of the officers involved in her arrest, Sgt. Svetlana Bostelman, lied under oath when giving testimony which led to Pulawski’s conviction.
Before the court appearance, Pulawski made a statement in front of the courthouse, where she reiterated her belief that she was not guilty and that the legal system was “just making us jump through some more hoops.”
Pulawski had also previously used her platform during the Chancellor's Award ceremony to criticize both campus police and interim Chancellor Guskiewicz’s handling of protests and demonstrations by pro-Confederate groups.
The district attorney chose to drop one of Pulawski’s charges against Sgt. Chris Burnette. Bostelman had previously testified that she saw Pulawski punching and kicking Burnette while he was arresting a different demonstrator. Burnette himself testified that he did not remember being punched or kicked during that day. Pulawski pleaded not guilty to her remaining charge of assault on a campus police officer involving Bostelman.