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Charges dropped for 5 who refused to leave Sen. Cory Gardner's office 

By: The Associated Press
August 9, 2017 Updated: August 9, 2017 at 8:31 am
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Protesters against the Republic health care proposals chant slogans and wave protest banners inside the office of Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., at the Russell Senate Office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

DENVER — Charges against five people who protested the Senate health care bill and then refused to leave U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner's Denver office have been dropped.

The Denver Post reports Gardner asked the city attorney to have the charges dropped. Denver County Court Judge Adam Espinosa dismissed the charges on Tuesday.

The five people were a part of a group of protesters that gathered on July 6 outside Gardner's office. They were invited into Gardner's office for a call with the senator, but refused to leave when the call finished. They were then arrested for trespassing.

Gardner, a Republican, did not appear in court. Three Democrat senators gathered outside the courtroom on Tuesday with people who protested for charges to be dropped.

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