Well, today, upon completing his community service, Tripp Lewis went to court, where the trespassing charges filed against him for this incident were dismissed. As Flagger Grayson Jennings reported some time ago, Lewis will also have to keep his distance from some folks (one wonders why that was necessary …):
There is no admission of guilt and no new restrictions placed on TriPp going forward, other than an order that prevents him from going within 300 ft. of the residences of certain board members and officers of the VMFA.
There is a token amount of community service required. TriPp had hoped to fulfill this requirement by volunteering at the Confederate Memorial Chapel, but his offer was refused by the Lee-Jackson Camp. Instead, he will spend his time helping with Confederate grave locating and marker restoration.
Some people celebrated this as “Great News!” and the like … but the fact is that what happened was the result of what one might call an old-fashioned de facto plea bargain, the details of which appear to have escaped people who denounce what they claim is lying by omission. Seems they’ve gone ahead and done just that. Let’s call it what it is: a negotiated settlement reached some time ago.