I’ve been meaning to do a profile on John Henneberry for quite some time:
NEWARK — A vocal critic of City Hall arrested in a dispute over seating at last month’s State of the City address was held for 32 hours in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin before prosecutors declined to file charges.
John Henneberry, known for his blistering critiques at council meetings, said the prosecutor’s decision shows that his arrest might be political payback for being a thorn in the city’s side. “The whole thing was wrong for a number of reasons,” he said. “I was just participating in government. I was not breaking the law.”
Henneberry, 45, learned of the decision to drop the case Wednesday when he arrived at the Fremont Hall of Justice for his arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office “declined to prosecute based on a review of all reports and evidence,” spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said.
The incident occurred April 18, as Henneberry sat in the gallery section of a ballroom at the Hilton hotel in Newark, shortly before Mayor Alan Nagy was to deliver the State of the City address.
The event flier, created by the Newark Chamber of Commerce, states that gallery seating would be open at no charge after 12:20 p.m., which is when Henneberry said he sat there. Within minutes, though, chamber officials asked him to leave. He refused, so police removed him, Henneberry said.
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