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  •  Four Years of Mr. Glick's Life involved in... (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    defending himself from his own government, is the real story IMHO.  

    The chilling thing about this, IMHO: Mr. Glick acted well within his Constitutional rights, yet: His life has been disrupted since 2007. He's  had to spend a large part of his life--and possibly a large amount of his money--over the last Four Years defending a Constitutional right that was likely obvious to the arresting officers, prosecutors, and Courts from the beginning--but they decided to "mess with" him anyway.

    The Court accurately states something that Police and Prosecutors are likely very well aware of, yet they seem to be able to "mess with" citizens without serious consequences:

    "[t]he freedom of individuals verbally to oppose orchallenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state." Id. at 462-63.... (pg. 14)

    The actual Court Ruling states some important principles that, IMHO, should be drummed into the heads of the police, political candidates, and other public officials:

    ... Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting "the free discussion of governmental affairs." (pg 9)

    The Court also--significantly IMHO--states that though cases cited in the ruling involve professional journalists, that..:

    ...changes in technology and society have made the lines between private citizen and journalist exceedingly difficult to draw. The proliferation of electronic devices...means that news stories are now just as likely to be broken by a blogger... as a reporter at a major newspaper.... (and) make clear why the news-gathering protections of the First Amendment cannot turn on professional credentials or status.... (pg. 13)

    There are limitations, however, as noted in the ruling,  on "reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions" and potential citizens should probably be aware of these, by reading the entire ruling. (For example: The court states that Glick didn't speak to the officers until spoken to, and that he was at a "comfortable remove" from the officers "performing their duties" in a "public space")

     

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