Longshore union wants Longview charges dismissed

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- The Longshore union is pressuring the Cowlitz County prosecutor to drop charges against more than 200 people who were arrested in demonstrations last fall at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview.

Prosecutor Sue Baur says she won't drop charges simply because EGT and the ILWU have settled their year-long dispute. They signed a five-year labor contract Feb. 10.

The Daily News reports (http://is.gd/E5VDZx ) the union has accused Baur of a vendetta. The union also argues that a no-trespassing zone was improperly approved.

Baur says she can't ignore instances of trespassing, blocking trains and damaging EGT property. Four felony cases have yet to be decided.

About 15 protesters pleaded guilty to misdemeanors. Juries have returned not guilty verdicts for six. Prosecutors have dismissed charges against nine others.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com