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Judge denies Tisdale’s motion for new trial
Citizen journalist says she will proceed to court of appeals
Nearly four years to the date of her arrest at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm and nine months after she was found guilty of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, Nydia Tisdale’s motion for a new trial was denied by a Dawson County Superior Court judge. After a week-long trial, the self-proclaimed citizen journalist was sentenced Dec. 18 to serve 12 months of probation, 40 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine for her August 2014 altercation with a Dawson County law enforcement officer. Tisdale was found not guilty of felony obstruction of an officer and misdemeanor criminal trespass; charges that stemmed from her forced removal from Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, where she was filming a Republican Party campaign rally.