Falwell Loses Bid To Prosecute “Trespassing” Journalists

Richmond’s ABC News affiliate reports:

Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison has announced that she will not prosecute two journalists that Liberty University filed complaints against for trespassing.

The Liberty University Police Department filed two arrest warrants against journalists after they published pieces about the university’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  The first warrant is against a freelance photographer at the New York Times, Julia Rendleman, and the other is against a reporter at ProPublica, Alec MacGillis.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Harrison said she is moving to dismiss the charge against Rendleman. MacGillis had not yet been served with a warrant; therefore, the Commonwealth’s Attorney said she will recall his warrant.