Charges dropped against activist Dorothy Tillman

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Jackson Hospital has dropped criminal
trespassing charges against former Chicago alderman and civil
rights activist Dorothy Tillman.

Municipal Judge Les Hayes found Tillman guilty last October of
trespassing at the Montgomery hospital during a dispute over
medical records.

She appealed the conviction and a jury trial in Montgomery
County Circuit Court was set to begin this week, but Jackson
Hospital released a statement Tuesday saying all parties agreed to
drop all charges to resolve all remaining issues.

Hayes had given Tillman a suspended sentence of 10 days in jail
and fined her $350.

Tillman was arrested last March while she was in her hometown
for the funeral of civil rights icon Johnnie Carr.

The incident occurred after Tillman's aunt became ill during the
visit and was admitted to the hospital. Tillman asked for her
aunt's medical records upon discharge, but staff members refused.

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