Eric pleads not guilty ... well, sort ofEric doesn't usually wear a tie when he serves food to the homeless, but he was on his way to his arraignment in Orange County court. The food sharing was held in front of the Orange County courthouse.
The activist who was arrested last month for feeding the homeless in Lake Eola Park went to court with plans to stand up and say, "Not guilty!" in front of a judge and a crowd of supporters.
Instead, he discovered that somehow the state had already entered a not guilty plea for him.*
Eric Montanez, 21, is the first person to be arrested under Orlando's controversial ordinance that bans feeding large groups of people in downtown parks without a permit.
Montanez, a member of Orlando Food Not Bombs, is also a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the food-sharing ordinance.
* This isn't how it's usually done, of course. And I don't know how -- or why -- it happened this way.