NEW HAVEN (AP) — Yale University doesn’t plan to pursue a criminal trespassing case against a Brazilian journalist arrested on the New Haven campus last week, school officials said.
The university said in a statement that Yale police were justified in arresting Claudia Trevisan, a U.S.-based reporter for the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo, but the school plans to drop the case. The statement was obtained Saturday by Britain’s Guardian newspaper and the New Haven Independent news website.
Trevisan was arrested while trying to interview Brazil Supreme Court President Joaquim Barbosa on Thursday, when he appeared at the Yale Law School for the “Global Constitutional Seminar.”
“Before she came to the Yale campus on September 26 to attempt to interview Justice Barbosa, Ms. Claudia Trevisan was told that the Global Constitutionalism Seminar attended by Justice Barbosa was a private event closed to the public and the media, and that she was not permitted on Yale property,” Yale’s statement said.
Trevisan wrote in a blog posting Saturday that a Yale spokeswoman told her she couldn’t attend the seminar, but she went anyway to wait for Barbosa on a sidewalk. She said she went into a Law School building and approached a police officer to ask where the seminar was being held, because she wanted to wait outside the right building.
Trevisan said the officer interrogated her and she was arrested.
She said an officer told her, “We know who you are, you are a reporter ... we have your picture and you were told several times that you could not be here.”
“My main doubt is why I was arrested, if I followed the policeman, did not offer any resistance and was willing to leave the building,” she wrote on the blog. “As far as I know, being a journalist is not a crime under America law.”
Trevisan was released on a promise to appear in New Haven Superior Court next Friday.