Sioux County Book Burner Denied Dismissal of Charges, 4:04

Jul 9, 2019

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An Orange City man who posted an online video last year showing himself burning LGBTQ-themed books from the city’s library will not avoid a court appearance. A magistrate has denied a request to dismiss a criminal mischief charge filed against Paul Dorr,  according to the SC Journal.

The Northwest Iowa Christian activist had sought the dismissal of a fifth-degree criminal mischief charge. Dorr said that Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle had singled him out for prosecution while others hadn't been prosecuted for similar conduct. 

Dorr also had argued that Kunstle was prosecuting him only because of the message Dorr was trying to send with the specific LGBTQ books for children he chose for his demonstration.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke will attend a Sioux City candidate forum and then make three other campaign stops in Northwest Iowa in late July.

O'Rourke, a former U.S. representative from Texas, will attend a July 19 forum sponsored by the AARP. The candidates in Sioux City will be Elizabeth Warren, O'Rourk, Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson.  Later that same day, O'Rourke will hold a 5:30 p.m. event at The Diving Elk, in Sioux City. The next morning, O'Rourke will hold a Latino meet and greet event at La Juanita restaurant, in Sioux City, then speak at an 11:45 a.m. town hall meeting with the SOLO Democrats group, at The Fruited Plain Cafe, in Sioux Center.  SOLO Democrats are people who live in Sioux, Osceola, Lyon, and O'Brien counties.