Bonnie Raitt Pleads Guilty To Trespassing Charges

Singer arrested in July for protesting outside Illinois office products company.

Longtime political activist Bonnie Raitt reportedly pleaded guilty earlier this week to charges that she trespassed during a July protest against a wood products company.

The singer and 16 other members of the Rainforest Action Network were arrested on July 25 in Itasca, Illinois, after they refused to leave the parking lot of Boise Cascade Office Products (see “Bonnie Raitt Arrested For Protesting Outside Office Products Company” ). All were charged with disorderly conduct, though they negotiated a deal to plead guilty to trespassing charges, which carried a $150 fine and 90 days of court supervision, according to the Associated Press.

“I hoped to bring attention to the right all Americans have to peacefully express their opinion in the form of civil disobedience,” Raitt told the news service. “We exercised our right in a peaceful way.”

The group accused the company of logging old-growth timber, but the company told the AP that it gets less than 3 percent of its timber from such sources.