Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Sensata Protestors in Court

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FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Jesse Jackson is back in Freeport today, this time in court, after being arrested last month for trespassing.

The judge called the case small potatoes - but the former Sensata workers who showed up in court today didn't see it that way.

You may remember 14 people were arrested last month for trespassing on Sensata property. They were protesting the closure of the plant and jobs that have been relocated to China.

Each person faced a $339 fine, which prosecutors offered to lower - but that wasn't enough to get them to pay up. Nine former workers, Rev. Jackson, and one of his colleagues plead not guilty and demanded a jury trial.

"The issue is not about the money, it's about the principle of salvaging jobs of salvaging schools of saving families,” said Jackson.

The trial will likely take place sometime after the first of the year. Many of the workers say they couldn't afford the fine because they don't have jobs.

This is the third time protestors have made their way to court. 23 people have been arrested since early this fall, but for some reason, the fines were substantially higher this time around.

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