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A California man is facing 13 years in prison for writing an anti-big bank message on the sidewalk in chalk. While the charges seem over the top, the case will go to trial next week.

Jeff Olson is being charged with 13 counts of vandalism for writing his message about the pitfalls of big banks on the sidewalk in San Diego. Besides the 13 year prison bid, Olson also faces having to pay $13,000 in restitution fees. Olson has called the charges “heavy-handed” and says he was just exercising his right of free speech. Olson told news outlets, “I was encouraging folks to close their accounts at big Wall Street banks to transfer their money local nonprofit, community credit unions.” READ MORE

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