City prosecutors and state judges are civil servants entrusted to serve the legal systems of their local cities and states but, above all else, they are ultimately responsible for protecting the civil liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. When they fail in that duty, or worse, blatantly violate it, they can set a precedent that endangers the guaranteed civil protections for all Americans.
On June 6, 2013, Nick Wing, of The Huffington Post, reported that "Jeff Olson, a 40-year-old man from San Diego, Calif., will face jail time for charges stemming from anti-big bank messages he scrawled in water-soluble chalk outside Bank of America branches last year. The San Diego Reader reported Tuesday that a judge had decided to prohibit Olson's attorney from "mentioning the First Amendment, free speech, free expression, public forum, expressive conduct, or political speech during the trial." With that ruling, Olson must now stand trial on 13 counts of vandalism, charges that together carry a potential 13-year jail sentence and fines of up to $13,000."
Luckily, on July 1, 2013, Dorian Hargrove, of The San Diego Reader, reported that a jury trial of commonsense minded individuals, who have not forgotten about the guarantees of the Constitution, made it clear that they would not stand for prosecutors and judges violating civil liberties, and Mr. Olson was acquitted on all counts.
Call To Action:
Unfortunately, San Diego Prosecutors Jan Goldsmith & Paige Hazard, and more importantly, State Superior Court Judge Howard Shore are all still in positions that can allow them to pursue a very disturbing legal precedent-setting path. Who is to say these individuals will not again attempt to usurp the Constitution in service to their own agendas? While those who blatantly disregard the Constitution remain in positions of power, the civil liberties of every citizen remain at risk. That risk must be removed and replaced with a very loud and clear message that "we the people" will not stand for those who do not take seriously their obligation to protect our rights, as guaranteed by the Supreme Law of the Land.