Robert M. Bell

Robert M. Bell

FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2006, file photo, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell listens to arguments in the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis, Md. Bell was 16 years old when he recruited classmates to join a sit-in at a downtown Baltimore restaurant. Twelve demonstrators, including Bell, were charged 50 years ago this month with trespassing in a civil rights case that eventually made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the 50 years since Bell v Maryland, Bell, now retired, went on to become a lawyer and later a judge on Maryland’s highest court, where he sat on the bench with two men who had been prosecutors on his case. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)