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Minutes ago, former at-large councilmember Harold Brazil entered a not guilty plea at a Superior Court arraignment proceeding in connection with his Oct. 9 assault arrest.

Attorney G. Allen Dale entered the plea on Brazil’s behalf.

Prosecutors asked for an order barring Brazil from 3285 1/2 M St. NW, the location of the Jinx-Proof tattoo shop, where Brazil was arrested, as well as from two individuals identified as Corey Rogers and Francis Peyton (spellings unconfirmed). Those persons are most likely government witnesses.

Dale offered no objection to the stay-away orders.

Asked for comment on his way out of the courtroom, Brazil simply pointed to his lawyer.

“We look forward to a public trial where [Brazil] can prove his innocence,” Dale said.

Brazil’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 23.