The trial of 23 people who protested Missouri’s failure to expand Medicaid began today in Jefferson City with jury selection.
The so-called Medicaid 23 defendants include many notable Kansas City clergy members, among them Sam Mann, Wallace Hartsfield II and Vernon P. Howard Jr. They are accused of trespassing and obstructing government operations, both misdemeanors.
The unusual mass trial stems from protests the defendants staged in May 2014. They were arrested after refusing to leave the Senate gallery, where they were chanting and singing.