Friday, July 09, 2010

Sheriff must take a free speech class

My ex-wife has a pending motion where she complains again that I use the internet to declare my innocence of her ridiculous accusations, and to criticize court actions.

A Iowa federal court judge ruled Dorr v. Weber Wednesday, and said:
The First Amendment of our Constitution reflects a “profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open . ...” New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 270 (1964) (citations omitted). Sheriff Weber’s dramatic and stunning failure to appreciate, and to protect and defend, Paul’s basic First Amendment rights, compels remedial relief. The court provides Sheriff Weber with the following guidelines concerning the class that he must complete. First, the class must provide college level instruction on the United States Constitution, including—at least in part—a discussion of the First Amendment. The class may be taken online. Second, Sheriff Weber must obtain approval from the court before participating in the class. Approval must be obtained by filing, with the Clerk of Court, a motion for approval of the proposed class, which must contain a description of the class and contact information for the court to further inquire, if necessary, into the substance of the class. Third, upon completion of the class, Sheriff Weber must file an affidavit with the Clerk of Court stating that he has successfully completed the class. Sheriff Weber shall attach his transcript or other proof of completion to the affidavit—Sheriff Weber must obtain a passing grade or obtain an otherwise satisfactory assessment of his participation in the class.
Wow. I hope I live to see the day when some family court judge or commissioner has to do something similar. I had Cmr. Joseph tell me I cannot quote the testimony given against me in open court. It will be interesting to see what the new family court judge does with the current motion against me.

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