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February 26, 2005

Jostling

I don't know the local attorney involved, but I don't have to; nor was I present at the August rally for President Bush. The attorney claims he stepped off the curb, cordoned off for the motorcade, to try to represent two women who were being arrested while protesting in the path of the motorcade (which had not yet begun). He was arrested in the process. A six-member jury convicted him yesterday for resisting arrest, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

The attorney claims he was trying to prevent one of the women from making incriminating statements, and was talking to two state police sergeants when a third appeared to arrest him. Meanwhile, a videotape showed several people crossing the road without being pushed back or arrested.

The initial police report made no mention of "resisting arrest," and one officer's report was not written until January of this year. The judge in the case threw out two charges: "attempted resisting arrest and obstructing", and "jostling." In other words, prove the attorney actually resisted arrest and actually obstructed. But jostling? Jostling? The arresting officer claimed the attorney was screaming "I'm an attorney," and "seemed to be very angry." Well, yeah.

In the week following the President's visit, there were letters to the editor about protesters spitting on babies, and screaming obscenities at the President's supporters. There were probably a few shameful incidents. Did this sway public opinion about this attorney?

These days, as found recently in a study conducted by the University of Connecticut, there are too many young people willing to surrender their first amendment rights to the government. Some of them are even bucking the beliefs in the first amendment rights held by their parents. Reporters are being arrested for doing their jobs, and newspapers must use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information for citizens' right to know. Huge fishnets are thrown over demonstrators at the Republican Convention, despite their peaceful protest in the area so designated by local authorities. Women's medical records are being subpoenaed in a huge invasion of a right to privacy.

Jostling. Since when?

Posted by Gadflygirl at 12:49 PM | Comments (0)

February 07, 2005

It Takes a Real Man

I've been waiting for tonight's City Commission meeting for an apology from our City Attorney, and two other commissioners, for the debacle over the brick building lawsuit. The joke was that it would take a real man to apologize to Commissioner Melichar and to Jeff Nixon (and so the expectation was that one would not be forthcoming). Jeff Nixon's lawsuit, and Commissioner Melichar's advocacy of saving the brick building, was deemed not frivolous, and so the city did not win its counterclaim for expenses.

Wouldn't you know it? The two commissioners who insisted the City countersue Mr. Nixon are absent from tonight's meeting. As is another commissioner who agreed this would be appropriate.

More than the lawsuit, it would seem an apology in public would be appropriate after the meeting during which Commissioner Melichar was accused of all kinds of misbehavior in connection with the city's pursuit of expenses. And in the press.

Posted by Gadflygirl at 07:19 PM | Comments (9)