Unitarian Chief Facing Ariz. Charges After Protest

The president of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association is set to face misdemeanor civil disobedience charges in Arizona after he and nearly two dozen other ministers were arrested last year during a protest of the state's immigration law.

The Rev. Peter Morales, who lives in Arvada, Colo. and Salem, Mass., said he is set to face a Maricopa County judge Friday. Last year, Morales and more than 80 others were arrested for blocking the entrance of the Maricopa County jail in downtown Phoenix.

Morales said protesters were responding to word that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had ordered a random raid in a largely Latino neighborhood.

Morales was elected as the first Latino president of the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2009.

This program aired on July 27, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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