Scott Huber’s head dropped and shook side-to-side in disagreement as Judge Karen Wilson convicted him Friday on misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and trespassing stemming from a February 2010 incident.
Huber - whose downtown protests and encampment have drawn attention for years – shouted at psychologist Katherine Borchardt and then followed her into her Benton House office despite her demands that he leave, Wilson explained in her ruling based on testimony at Huber’s bench trial.
“Clearly in this case, Mrs. Borchardt was alarmed and disturbed … hysterical,” Wilson said.
Huber faces up to six months in DuPage County Jail when he is sentenced in December. Borchardt did not comment on the verdict as she left the courtroom.
At trial, Borchardt testified she asked Huber to move his protest camp from outside her office on North Washington Street. She did so out of concern for her patients, some of them children. Huber became upset and repeatedly asked Borchardt for her name. Borchardt went into her office, as did Huber, who sat outside her dead bolted door, Wilson said.
Wilson, citing testimony, said Borchardt asked Huber at least two times to leave and that Huber stayed outside her office for about eight minutes before departing.
Huber had argued that his words alone were not enough to find him guilty of disorderly conduct. He also contended the office building did not have any trespassing warnings, Wilson said. Ultimately, it was Huber’s “words combined with actions” and his refusal to leave after being asked that led the judge to find him guilt.
Outside the courtroom, Huber said he was disappointed in the decision and disagreed with the facts presented. He added the verdict is part of a pattern of problems he’s had with the judicial system.
“I really feel like I get railroaded every time in this courthouse,” Huber said.
Huber previously pleaded guilty to a separate disorderly conduct, but then later tried to take back the plea. He also is facing a lawsuit by Borchardt.