Does not mention the Banno case. Nor does it explain out of the 8% guilty pleas/convictions - some were out of state people who could not afford to keep coming back for a trial or the convictions where only one charge out of maybe five stuck. And in those cases all that was proved was the intent to protest. From the NY Times An actress mingled with real protesters at the Republican National Convention last summer to add authenticity to a scene she was filming for a movie - only to end up being arrested. But the charges against her were dismissed yesterday as some of the last remaining cases of convention arrests made their way through the court system. In two courtrooms in Manhattan yesterday, 12 cases, including charges against the actress, Rosario Dawson, were dismissed. Yesterday's dismissals nudged the proportion of cases that have been dismissed, acquitted or adjourned in contemplation of dismissal to 80 percent, according to statistics from the Manhattan district attorney's office. In all, the police arrested 1,806 people during the convention. Eight percent of those have pleaded guilty or been convicted of a violation or a misdemeanor, according to the figures. About 10 percent of the cases are still pending. In the case of Ms. Dawson, she and two co-defendants, Stephen Marshall and Vija Grosgalves, were filming a movie in which Ms. Dawson plays a woman who becomes radicalized after her husband, a soldier, is killed in Iraq. The three had a permit to film, but they were arrested by police officers as they filmed in a crowd of antiwar protesters. They were charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. In Criminal Court in Manhattan yesterday, a prosecutor said there was not enough evidence to prove the charges and moved to dismiss the cases. "I'm totally happy with how this went down," said Ms. Dawson, who has appeared in the films "Men in Black II" and "Alexander." Not everyone was so upbeat. In what appears to be the most serious case related to the convention, Jamal Holiday, a 20-year-old from Harlem, was in State Supreme Court in Manhattan yesterday to face a charge of second-degree assault, a violent felony that could bring as many as seven years in jail if he is convicted. Mr. Holiday is accused of assaulting a plainclothes police officer who was on a scooter. His lawyer, Elsie Chandler, said the charge should not be higher than a misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail. A few hours after Ms. Dawson's case was dismissed, nine more defendants, including two students and two dog walkers, who were arrested on 46th Street and Broadway on one afternoon of the convention were acquitted of charges of disorderly conduct. The defendants said that they had come from other protests and that they did not hear an order the police said they gave to disperse. Herbert J. Adlerberg, the judicial hearing officer for the case, who is a former State Supreme Court justice, dismissed the charges, saying that the defendants were in the crowd at the time, but that there was no evidence they had knowingly disobeyed the order. "There's an old adage in criminal law," Mr. Adlerberg said. "Mere presence is proof of absolutely nothing." On March 28, the city faces a hearing in State Supreme Court on whether it violated orders from a judge to release protesters who had been arrested but were not being processed in a timely manner. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/16/nyregion/16protests.html