PHOTO ESSAY: Choice & Consequence

‘THIS IS BOGUS’: Monica Villa smokes a cigarette and cries to herself as a team of legal professionals pass by outside the old Merced Superior Court Building in August of 2011. It’s only days before the anniversary of her son’s death, and she has to appear in court for a trespassing violation over her refusal to leave Tent City when the city closed it down the year before. Once inside, she learned the case had been thrown out. (TIMES PHOTO BY JONATHAN WHITAKER)

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