Supporters of Rep. Mike Nearman gathered outside of the Marion County Circuit Court annex ahead of Nearman's arraignment on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A lawyer for State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, appeared in court Tuesday morning for the lawmaker's arraignment as about two dozen supporters gathered outside the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.

Nearman faces two misdemeanor charges, official misconduct and criminal trespass, for opening a door to allow violent demonstrators into the Oregon State Capitol during a December protest. He did not appear at Tuesday's hearing, which came about a week after the lawmaker disclosed he had contracted Covid on a Portland talk radio show.

The Marion County Republican Party urged supporters to rally outside the courthouse ahead of the hearing.

Jason Short, the Salem attorney representing Nearman, did not enter a plea. Under a release agreement, Nearman must appear in court in person or remotely for a June 29 hearing and cannot leave the state.

-Rachel Alexander

Supporters of Rep. Mike Nearman gathered outside of the Marion County Circuit Court annex ahead of Nearman's arraignment on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Supporters of Rep. Mike Nearman gathered outside of the Marion County Circuit Court annex ahead of Nearman's arraignment on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Supporters of Rep. Mike Nearman gathered outside of the Marion County Circuit Court annex ahead of Nearman's arraignment on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)Supporters of Rep. Mike Nearman gathered outside of the Marion County Circuit Court annex ahead of Nearman's arraignment on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

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