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Speaker charged with talking too long at board meeting

BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Michigan man has been arrested after authorities said he refused to stop talking past a three-minute time limit for public comment at a township board meeting.

Mark A. Adams was arraigned Friday in Saginaw District Court on a felony charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer and a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace.

Adams was arrested at the March 4 meeting by three Bridgeport Township police officers. Authorities said he refused to stop talking when township officials told him to do so.

The Saginaw News reported (http://bit.ly/1iyQSvW ) the arrest took place on Adams’ 59th birthday.

Adams’ lawyer, Tom Frank, said Tuesday he had no comment.

The resisting and obstructing charge carries a maximum penalty of two years behind bars.

Adams is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

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