A candidate for the District’s shadow senate seat was sentenced today by the D.C. Superior Court to one day in prison as a result of a December arrest during a voting rights demonstration.
Pete Ross will spend the night in prison – instead of serving out the typical low-level punishment of probation and a fine – after pressing for a stricter sentence to draw attention to the District’s lack of voting rights, according to DCist.
The December protest called for full representation for the District in Congress. D.C.’s delegate in the House of Representatives, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, can serve on and vote in committees and introduce bills but lacks the power to vote on legislation on the House floor.
Ross, who has spent more than $200,000 out of his own pockets in an effort to win the April 3 election, was also convicted in 2007 for failing to pay federal employment taxes, according to The Washington Post.