RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A Wake County judge has dismissed charges against a husband and wife who were among more than 900 people arrested during the mass protests at the N.C. General Assembly.

A week after District Court Judge Joy Hamilton found a retired factory worker guilty of misdemeanor charges, she dismissed similar charges against 66-year-old Douglas Ryder and 71-year-old Vicki Ryder of Durham on Friday.

Hamilton didn't give a reason for dismissing the charges at Friday's hearing. She dismissed trespassing charges and failure to disperse charges at the close of the state's case. The judge waited until after the defense put on its evidence to dismiss charges accusing the Ryders of violating building rules.

Hamilton was brought out of retirement to handle the massive load of cases.

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