A lawsuit with a peace sign? Well in a word, yes. I told the board that I have no animosity toward any of them, except perhaps Julia Earl who will be a named Defendant for initiating the restriction. The reasons I have decided to sue are several, including the fact that City Attorney Stephen Bennett and the Nashua Telegraph editorial board both agree.
1. New Hampshire is the Live Free or Die State, and we need to send a message to the World -- as the first state to vote in the Presidential Primaries no less -- that the government cannot
2. Read para. 13 of the lawsuit draft, which was inadvertently sent to the Board yesterday -- which is okay because we all know the issues anyway:
13. As noted in the 9 January 2007 email accepting the $500.00 pledge from Alderman Fred Teeboom, this issue requires that an immediate, bright-line standard be established not only to resolve this particular case, but to set the tone for the rest of New Hampshire in the face of developing case law since the Vagalebre decision, and to prove once and for all, that New Hampshire actually is the “Live Free or Die State” when it comes to the ability of its citizens to seek redress regarding the actions of public figures and officials.
As I wrote the Board yesterday, there is no coincidence that I represented Columbus School Board protester Jerry L. Doyle in general (1999 Columbus Alive feature story), and also initiated this case he won in the specific. Just in time for Martin Luther King Day, watch police crime victim Michael Isreal -- whom I also represented -- sing negro sprirituals at Jerry's acquittal in KingCast short film, "American Lawyer I."
Last but not least, read the cases here, here, here, here.