A professor of sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been fined $500 after being convicted of smearing fake blood on the Virginia home of NRA lobbyist Chris Cox.
Patricia Hill was found guilty on Monday over the incident that occurred in January. Following her court appearance, she was served with another warrant over a similar incident in October.
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In addition to the fine, Hill was ordered not to contact the Cox family and stay 500 feet away from their home. She is also under a temporary restraining order barring her from Cox’s wife’s business and the NRA offices.
“The motive here is that Mr. Cox works for the NRA; she doesn’t like that. That’s fine. She can exercise her First Amendment right,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Maana Parcham said Monday in Alexandria General District Court, the Washington Post reports. The First Amendment does not cover vandalism, however.
Cox’s two young children were at the home when Hill sprayed the fake blood on his doorstep.
“The Cox family is grateful to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office and the Alexandria Police Department for their role in holding Ms. Hill accountable,” Elizabeth Locke, an attorney for the Cox family, said in a statement.