Charges dropped against activist Dorothy Tillman


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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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