Two opponents of Naperville's smart meter initiative are continuing to fight penalties stemming from their January arrest.
Jennifer Stahl appeared briefly in a DuPage County courtroom Thursday morning while a handful of supporters looked on.
Stahl, of the 1400 block of Westglen Drive, and Malia "Kim" Bendis of the 2200 block of Mercer Court, were arrested Jan. 23 for interfering with the city's installation of wireless electric meters known as smart meters.
Stahl has pleaded not guilty to two ordinance violations — interfering with a police officer and preventing access to customer premises. Attorneys for Stahl and the city said they generally agree on the factual issues of the case, but plan to argue legal matters.
Following the court appearance, Stahl's attorney, Dave Carlson, said the city's actions when it entered Stahl's property and arrested her were illegal. City officials have defended the arrests saying the city has a right to access its electric equipment.
Both sides will present arguments in front of a judge on Aug. 21.
Bendis, who has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of attempted eavesdropping and resisting a peace officer, is due back in court July 30.