Re: The First Amendment Case Begins

From: owen (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 07 2007 - 11:50:16 PDT


I can relate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrfro136Pso

owen

On Aug 7, 2007, at 2:32 PM, Cari Machet wrote:

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> From: Rev Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping <email suppressed>
> Date: Aug 6, 2007 11:54 PM
> Subject: The First Amendment Case Begins
> To: email suppressed
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> Rev's Trial For First Amendment Recitation Began Today
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> NEW YORK, August 6--Free Speech lawyer Norman Siegel appeared in
> court today with co-counsel Earl Ward arguing for the dismissal of
> 2nd Degree Harassment charges against Reverend Billy (aka Bill
> Talen). The activist preacher was arrested on June 29 for reciting
> the First Amendment in Union Square, but Siegel insisted "Reverend
> Billy has the First Amendment right to recite the First Amendment."
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> Siegel went on to argue that this attempt to convict the Rev using
> the harrassment statutes is akin to the District Attorney accepting
> the NYPD's argument that the Reverend and the police are somehow in
> a romantic relationship or a marriage of some kind.
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> Photo by Fred Askew Photography
> The case history of the 2nd degree harassment law is limited to
> ex-boyfriend sexual stalkers and drunk husbands.
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> The Reverend's comment: "Chutzpah! The cops say that they are my
> abused wife? Are they so defenseless? I didn't put THEM in the
> Tombs!" a reference to the City's correctional facility, where the
> Rev had been detained for 20 hours.
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> Siegel and Ward argued that reciting the 44 words of the First
> Amendment was not harassment but had real civic value in the
> context of the Critical Mass bike ride and the Picture New York
> group's struggle against limits on filming and photography in
> public spaces.
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> The entire text of Siegel's argument for dismissal can be found at
> www.revbilly.com. The Reverend's defense lawyers will submit
> today's arguments in writing to the court by September 10th, and if
> the charges are not dropped, the trial will go forward on September
> 25.
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> Reverend Billy and the Church of the First Amendment believe that
> Consumerism is overwhelming our lives. The corporations want us to
> have experiences only through their products while neighborhoods
> and "commons" places like stoops, parks, streets and libraries
> disappear into the corporatized world of big boxes and chain
> stores. Through performance and direct action the Church works with
> communities around the world to "push back" against corporate and
> state violence.
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> www.revbilly.com
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