31 January 2007

KingCast presents: Meet the (First Amendment) Fokkers for Black History Month.

Looking for evidence of continued racial harmony and commitment to civic duty from the town that made black and baseball history with Holman Stadium? Alderman Fred Teeboom and I have got your Ebony and Ivory right here, as noted in yesterday's post addressing the reversal of content/viewpoint based public comment restrictions at the Nashua School Board, and in today's Nashua Telegraph feature piece, in which Reporter Al McKeon notes:
“Dissent is not what it used to be,” Teeboom said Tuesday in an hour-long interview at City Hall. King sat to his right at a meeting room table, and the pair discussed the First Amendment with an ease that suggested they’ve worked together for years.

“We made it possible for other people to come forward,” King said Tuesday, a day after the board overturned the policy. “We protected the rights of people who didn’t know they needed protecting.”

We don't have the Hollywood/NY power of the other Fokkers (yes, De Niro is a favorite; classmate Molly Shannon opens 'Analyze This' with Billy Crystal), and we don't own our own film festival in Tribeca, but my team will be out in the community -- as I have been since 1995 -- raising funds to make this endeavor the focal point of KingCast videos. It is a prescriptive model and civics lesson on how to successfully petition government for redress.
To Teeboom, 68, and King, 41, their advocacy represented another fight in the larger war to win back liberties they say have sharply eroded over the years, particularly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

This also makes a worthy prologue for James O'Brien's finished manuscript (1/2).

30 January 2007

Nashua School Board votes unanimously with Christopher King against First Amendment speech restrictions.

I figured last night's vote would be a Good One after the policy committee unanimously agreed with me earlier this month that the content/viewpoint-based public comment restrictions were Unconstitutional.


It is a victory for the First Amendment, the only Amendment necessary to enjoy the breadth of the others that comprise the Bill of Rights. As such, this story will become the centerpiece of KingCast.net as my team provides a video podcast Internet Civics Lesson. Telegraph reporter Michael Brindley correctly quoted me
"When it comes to the First Amendment, I take no prisoners."

That's why another First Amendment issue involving Aldermanic speech restrictions was immediately removed during the pendency of the School Board case after Alderman Teeboom and I conferenced and I shared my former client Jerry Doyle's/case.

In the end, Board member and Attorney Dennis Hogan again thanked me for my hard work, professionalism and civility, and I thanked him for his earnest participation as well. And a note of special thanks to Nashua Telegraph for having the guts to say something about it when other newspapers in my life have bailed. And to Board member Tom Vaughan, who stopped by for blogologue with me, and to Board member Sandra Ziehm, the first one to speak out against the policy.

But the biggest thanks goes to my family and Mother Ann, whose first husband was a lawyer, and who implored me to "keep on keepin' on, Son." As the license plate says, It's really all about Fair Play and Civil Rights, and it's All Good.

King, Ayotte agree on First Amendment medical protections.

Nashua Telegraph reporter Michael Brindley noted in today's Telegraph story on the overturn of restrictive First Amendment policies at the Nashua School Board that "When it comes to the First Amendment I take no prisoners."

But unlike political speech, commercial speech interests may be widely proscribed in the face of any important governmental interest.

In a crucial case pending before Federal Court Judge Paul Barbadoro, data mining companies IMS Health and Verispan LLC seek to overturn a privacy law introducted by Nashua State Rep. Cindy Rosenwald that grants privacy rights to doctors over their medical prescription information. NH AG Kelly Ayotte supports the law. The entire country should be watching this case because the companies contend that the data is not protected free speech. I do not know if the First Amendment privacy concerns of the patients is an issue as well, but what I do know is that the less access these companies have to such information, the better: The World is fast-becoming one large pool of chemical warfare against its citizens by bad food and overprescription of drugs, anyway.

27 January 2007

KingCast to watch Nashua School Board take final vote in First Amendment Policy Monday, 29 Jan. 2007.

Although I've been busy addressing Defamatory Statements against me by fired Jaffrey Chief Martin Dunn (1/2) and monitoring a spate of hate crimes (one locally), I haven't forgotten that the Nashua School Board will vote on Monday regarding the proposed revisions to Policy 1130, after the policy comittee earlier this month unanimously agreed with Alderman Fred Teebom, Board Member Ziehm, the Honorable Paula Johnson and me. Check the agenda at the pull down menu under "Board of Education" here.

KingCast presents: Hate Crimes Updates.

As I hosted a Hate Crimes forum as a 3L at Case Western Law School, I believe in the value of fair application of Hate Crimes legislation, which basically enhances an existing crime if it can be proved that it was committed primarily because of racial, ethnic, sexual or sexual orientation antipathy. My view is that it is a separate and distinct crime, but whatever the case, I discussed the recent Nashua Hate Crime with Jewish victim Michael Goldstein the other day, and he and I agree that while things are getting better we've yet a long way to go to fully actualize the Dream envisioned by Martin Luther King, as I noted in this post celebrating the beauty of successfully working with an all-white Nashua School Board as an outsider black man.

There were 680 hate crimes reported in California in 2005, and just the other day some black youth were convicted of assaulting a white woman, yelling "I hate white people." Even though it was only one youth who explicitly said that, I think I still favor the application, and you know why? If it happened to me and only one white person said "I hate black people," I would say that crowd's specific intent to harm me because of my race could be readily inferred. Here's a California black man who got the KKK treatment just like Mr. Goldstein in Nashua.

Enough already, people, damn. We got rid of invidious discrimination in my family when I told family matriarch Mother Ann (RIP) to make sure she understood to take people on an individual basis, and that all white people are not evil. Thing is, she at least had some reason to feel that way, having grown up being spat on by them and refused service, watched them cross the street away from her, etc. etc.

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Just what excuse did these "middle class" black kids have? In this apologetic blog entry, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, a writer with whom I typically agree, misses the boat. Earl, I grew up middle class and had white folks instigate hate crimes against me often, but I never instigated any against them. There's simply no excuse for it, brother.

Peace.

26 January 2007

Chief Dunn's Settlement Negotiations in black and white.


Court:
I have read the Complaint and see that Mr. King has never been found guilty of practicing law without a license, as Defendant, fired Jaffrey Chief Dunn claimed in the September 14 Peterborough Transcript. The pleadings, including Deposition transcript materials also indicate that Chief Dunn has on prior occasion laughed on record about the possibility of Mr. King being gang raped in prison before some other charges he had on him were dismissed, and I also see where Chief Dunn has claimed that Mr. King, as NAACP Legal Redress Chair, had not read these police reports prior to sending a Demand Letter to Chief Dunn about Willie Toney facing 3 drawn police guns and a visual body cavity search for..... loitering, is that correct Mr. King.

King: Correct, Your Honor.

Court: Well have the parties attempted to resolve the matter through extrajudicial means?

King: Absolutely Your Honor. I emailed a courtesy copy of this Demand Letter and followed up with a U.S. Mail copy as indicated.

Court: And did you reject a reasonable counter offer, or what, Mr. King?

King: No, Your Honor, his attorneys threatened me with criminal sanctions under RSA 644-4 (I)(f), even though the communication is for a lawful purpose and constitutionally protected.....[Parody, but this is precisely how it should proceed, given the Facts and Law. Stay tuned.]

25 January 2007

Fired Jaffrey Chief Dunn's lawyer Charlie Bauer abuses legal process by threatening Christopher King with arrest pursuant to RSA 644.

Enough about SAABs and back to Chief Dunn, who really should learn to keep my name from falling out of his mouth. In fact, one of his Attorneys, Charlie Bauer told me when I was NAACP Legal Chair in December 2004 "The first thing I'm going to tell my client is to keep his mouth shut."

Now Attorney Bauer has client control problems in a Major Way.

As noted in this post, the still-fired former Jaffrey Police Chief intentionally and maliciously lied to the media and said that I was "guilty of practicing law without a license." As noted by this 12 December 2006 Voluntary Non-Suit and Superior Court Rule 161(b)(2) as noted in this post, that's bullshit, so I sent an email courtesy copy of this obviously professional Demand Letter, noting that a tracked U.S. Mail copy would be coming to Attorneys Andru Volinsky and also Charlie Bauer (seen not shaking my hand at the end of this 5 minute video "Advocacy in Action, Then and Now."
Burdened with facts he can't stand and law on my side, Bauer threatened me with RSA 644-4, and demanding only U.S. Mail communications, as if a public citizen doesn't have a First Amendment Right to Petition the government, by and through a government official's last-known attorneys, for redress.

I'll say this: I will give them another week to think things over, but I set the terms of this dialogue, not them. And to hell with their bogus, harrassing threats, which apply only when "....the communication is not for a lawful purpose or constitutionally protected." Given their refusal to address the substantive issues raised, the next letter they get from me will be a lawsuit; we'll put 12 in a box and rock it.

Related post: Charlie Bauer, Andru Volinsky and emails.

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Here's what MassCops had to say about Dunn (i.e. "slime-bag" before they removed the thread from their server), and here's a letter to the Peterborough Transcript from local resident Joanne Correia specifically lamenting Dunn's "freedom of speech," and noting that she was circulating a Petition to get him out of office.

A dubious rape charge in Hartford targets black men instead of Duke privileged boys, so no one cares.

I agree with fellow legal bloggers over at Crime and Federalism that Prosecutor Nifong is a race-baiting, evidence-hiding creep, and that the rape accuser seems to be lying about a whole lot of things. It's pathetic and ruins more legitimate claims of rape or sexual abuse.



But meanwhile, where is the outrage that the white woman in Hartford recently lied about being raped by a large, Dangerous Black Man, in the same manner as Charles Stuart lied about his pregnant wife being shot by another Dangerous Black Man in New England, causing Civil Liberties in the minority community to be (further) suspended while the police searched the streets for this presumedly Black Villain?

As a "Dangerous Black Man" myself (see the American Tower videos in American Lawyer II and III at KingCast), I must say this Country is still a long way from fully actualizing The Dream held by Dr. Martin Luther King.

23 January 2007

KingCast presents: The SAAB videos.

I still prefer BMWs generally but I will never forget when the SAAB 99 Turbo hit the road. The comfort, midrange speed and the sounds it made were something out of this World, even though the 99 EMS could totally run with it in the city. I pinned a Turbo on my deskboard next to Sheila E and waited.

Still waiting for Sheila E. but whatever :) While Olds had the F-85 Jetfire and Chevy had the Corvair Monza back in the 60's and BMW had the 2002tii Turbo in the early 70's the modern era of turbocharging was led by SAAB all the way. Too bad the tranny is the Achilles' heel of the 99 and 900; otherwise superb vehicles. It simply was not designed for the kind of boost my G-Force geek friends and I put on them so you need a reman unit, ideally.

Here's a crazy video page with more videos about SAABs than anyone needs to see, but the early stuff is kind of interesting and I also enjoyed the '79 and '80 stuff; you've even got Bjorn Borg and Vitas Gerulaitis (RIP) playing tennis (Wimbledon '77) in there. Nice.

22 January 2007

Christopher King issues Demand Letter to former Jaffrey Chief Dunn by and through his known attorneys Bauer and Volinsky.

As a former AAG, I believe that no citizen should ever have to put up with abusive law enforcement, as noted in this post.

Here's the Demand Letter, and Superior Court Rule 161(b)(2), which was not invoked in my NAACP Legal Chair/Unlicensed Practice of Law case, which was properly dismissed.

21 January 2007

Former Jaffrey Chief Martin Dunn tries to get sued again.

A concerned member of the community sent me a copy of the 14 September 2006 Peterborough Transcript, wherein the Good Chief (correctly fired, according to former NH AG and Superior Court Judge John P. Arnold) actually claims:

"[King] was found guilty of practicing law without a license."

That's news to me, Chief. Where? When? What was the predicate conduct? What was the sentence? Any fines? Orders of restitution?

As readers of this blawg are aware, this is hardly the first time Chief Dunn has uttered materially false things about me; perhaps this is the time I need to teach him a lesson about it: See, my first Defamation claim against him was dismissed only because I couldn't afford his Deposition transcript. I have a copy of that transcript now, however, thanks to a ORDER by Judge Arnold, and it's nasty -- absolutly horrible for Marty as he laughs on the record about me possibly being gang-raped in prison before all the charges against me as NAACP legal chair were properly dismissed.

Now I am off to demand a correction from the paper and file a formal complaint with the Anti-Defamation League, who has been quite interested in Jaffrey last year as noted herein.

It's a Good Thing government in Nashua is a great deal more professional than he is; I am able to work with them to craft new First Amendment policies like this.

19 January 2007

Nashua Alderman Teeboom & KingCast eliminate another free speech First Amendment problem, courtesy of Jerry L. Doyle.

At the recent Nashua policy committee meeting where said comittee unanimously agreed with Paula Johnson, Sandra Ziehm, Fred Teeboom and me to excise the unlawful content-based prior restraint clause, another issue was raised: Whether the Aldermanic sign up sheet was Unconstitutional as well, as it forbids people from naming specific individuals when addressing them in public fora.

Mr. Teeboom and I conferenced on the matter and I shared with him in detail the Jerry Doyle case I initiated Back in the Day, which is squarely on point. Shortly thereafter (as in yesterday) Board President David Rootovich informs that the restriction has been properly stricken as noted in the comments. Nashua continues to forge new ground in yet another victory for the First Amendment without a lawsuit, putting them light years ahead of Columbus, Ohio.

Thereby proving that when City Hall is reasonable, you don't have to fight it :)

18 January 2007

Dr. Rosa Smith and Christopher King agree on saving Black Boys.

This compelling piece was written by Dr. Rosa Smith, former Columbus Public Schools Superintendent as published in the American School Board Journal. I would agree because while all children in today's society are at some risk, the statistics clearly show that black boys are particularly at risk.

But I obviously care about all children; this video from Justiceforkids taken in part during her tenure as Columbus Superintendent results from me demanding to know what action was being taken for my white client whose nose was broken by sandlot bullies, some time well before a black girl was gang-raped in another Columbus School. In fact, look for Dr. Smith sitting in between my friend Loretta Heard (RIP) and U.S. Congressional hopeful Mary Jo Kilroy as Ms. Heard gives Ms. Kilroy a thorough dressing-down for threatening to arrest us.

Read what I just wrote Dr. Smith about Nashua School Board and the First Amendment Speech restriction vote in the comments.

Namaste.

17 January 2007

King tops Obama in New Hampshire!

Heh-heh, that's a Good One. And literally accurate, I suppose in this instance. But seriously, having worked on the Presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson ('84) and Dick Gephardt ('04) as noted herein, I would relish the opportunity to work for the Senator as much as I relish the opportunity to read his book "Audacity of Hope" that my sister just bought me for Christmas. I will do that as soon as I finish reading Studs Terkel's first book, "Giants of Jazz."

I am hardly a slow reader, I've just been busy finishing my own book with James O'Brien and building a small but significant political coalition in New Hampshire as we address the compelling issue of Free Speech and the First Amendment in the Live Free or Die State.

As the unanimous Policy Panel vote shows, we're dooin' good.

KingCast presents: The aum, lucky number 7 and the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Yesterday at Jennifer Horn's WSMN 1590 radio show we received an email as I was leaving. "While I congratulate Mr. King on his efforts with the school board he is the only one making a racial issue out of it," wrote the listener. Ms. Horn did not see it that way, nor did I because my point was that it was a beautiful thing that race did not appear to damage the deliberations, and contrary to the listener's belief, I was not that only one to bring it up:

Alderman Teeboom, the Honorable Paula Johnson and Board members Ziehm and Melizzi-Golja and I have all either spoken and written each other about the beauty of how far we have come that an outsider black man from Cleveland can come in and work with an all white Board in a virtually all-white state. That is the spirit of Dr. King, who said "[I]t is a shame that in this rich nation, people are earning starvation wages." I am certain Dr. King would agree that it is a shame to live in this rich nation and not have First Amendment rights as well.

For more on that, read the comments of Alderman Teeboom and the Honorable Paula Johnson in this post.

Now, the aum. The last time it appeared on this blawg was in response to Blogger restoring critical posts on this blawg that American Tower Corporation had tricked them into deleting, until I explained all of the salient details. American Tower brass had in anger called me a "Dangerous Black Man," (thus spawning the subtitle of James O'Brien's upcoming book), and they then lied about me to a police chief whom other well-established blacks have gone on record as saying is racist, i.e. "I don't fit the profile and am being hassled by these people."
Read it right here.

So in contrast to other New Englanders, Nashua has been great. And Nashua has been great before; check the reason why Holman Stadium is historic: It's about blacks in baseball, duh. Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe. I lived right across the street from it for 2 years and I've got a post coming about that. I raise the issue of the aum today for what it symbolizes, and for the fact that SAAB Number 7 actually has a small aum on the inside rear view mirror. Uncanny. So as I left the Princeton campus last night the first track I played was of course Peter Tosh, "Equal Rights."

Peace.

14 January 2007

Another KingCast First Amendment battle to remember on Martin Luther King Holiday weekend, seen in "LawyerMan."

My team has just updated KingCast as we prepare to refocus it on the Nashua School Board's viewpoint & content-based public comment policy that runs afoul of the First Amendment according to the Policy Committee unanimous vote.
In fact, we are aware of no other court in the Country that has rejected a challenge to the Constitutionality of such provisions where there is only one opportunity to come before a board.

Meanwhile, I took time to watch one of the existing eight short films, specifically "LawyerMan," in which I open my mail in real time and discuss the First Amendment fight -- led by First Amendment advocates Orr & Reno -- to prevent me from posting Deposition Transcript testimony on my blawg.

"What are they trying to hide," I ask, incredulously.

The First Amendment prevailed in that battle, you bet.
Dr. King would be proud.

13 January 2007

Nashua School Board panel sides with Christopher King and the First Amendment.

Take a look. Ding, dong, the restrictive First Amendment speech policy is almost dead. Meanwhile, time to catch the Fung Wah to fetch Lucky Number 7. Given their track record, I should probably wear my motorcycle helmet :)

What's not in todays lead headline Telegraph story is that I congratulated the Board/Committee for carrying forward the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, welcoming in a black man from Cleveland Heights, Ohio into one of the whitest states in the Union to forge public policy with him. It might seem like a nightmare at times, I told them, but in actuality it is part of the Dream.

"Dissent is difficult," said Board and panel member Tom Vaughan, with whom I have had good blogologue, noted herein. Indeed it is, but not impossible, I told him yesterday.

Also, Ms. Johnson (who has also been a Board Member, Alderman and State Rep.) publicly thanked me for coming forward when seeing an injustice in our community. It was our first meeting, but certainly will not be our last. She too, has Good Spirit.

12 January 2007

KingCast wishes a happy and reflective Martin Luther King weekend.

As one can see, I've always believed in the dream; that's why the picture of "the meeting" may be viewed in the short film "Live Revolution," at KingCast.


KingCast watches as Nashua School Board First Amendment case nears resolution; James O'Brien's "American Lawyer" manuscript 1.0 pt. II.

Overall, it has been a pleasure to work with the Nashua School Board on reconstructing its viewpoint-based public comment speech restrictions. As my year-in-review post and James O'Brien's biography will show, I have led a life touched in equal measure by pain and charm. From the lower-middle-class roots in Cleveland Heights to the scholarship high-dollar prep school education and law school, to clerking for lawyers like Terry Gilbert and on to the Ohio Attorney General's office, to private practice in Civil Rights, to being threatened with arrest at Columbus School Board meetings, to winning acquittal and settling lawsuits for clients like Jerry Doyle and Michael Isreal when they suffered such arrests, to license suspension for a year, to fighting corporate behemoth American Tower Corporation, to an appointment as NAACP legal chair and a bogus attempted felony extortion claim all indicates.

But honestly, right now -- to rebound from the nonsense and baseless attack on NAACP authority in Jaffrey to work with city officials like Fred Teeboom, Sandra Ziehm and Attorneys Stephen Bennett and Dennis Hogan on crafting new First Amendment protections for public speakers -- this is my proudest moment. We will be gathering funding to refocus KingCast on the developments in Nashua, so that we can help Nashua lead the way in crafting suitable speech regulations for the rest of the country in this burgoening area of law that Mr. Doyle and I visited nearly a decade ago.

I am finalizing some language for Attorney Hogan to present at today's 2:00 meeting as noted here; and I hope that no one comes to the Board to use the sort of language used by Mr. Rosenfeld in New Jersey as noted here.

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From the forthcoming book, "American Lawyer: Christopher King is a Dangerous Black Man," a quote lifted from upset American Tower brass and picking up with my parent's declining marriage:

"They danced so well together that I thought they would never be divorced," King said, "but strange things happen in life, as my career indicates. "In some ways" he continued, "it undermined my faith in humanity but then in others it led me to recognize the value of impermanence."

Law school allowed King to sink into something other than sadness over his changing family.

"Best three years of my life," King said, nonetheless. "I learned so
much. I met so many cool people. I went to so many art openings. I heard so much different music. I loved it."

During his time at Case Western, King clerked for then Attorney General Terry Gilbert - "a high profile civil rights lawyer." He started a group called the Education Coalition and took to the streets in the summer of 1992, imploring Cleveland kids to stay in school.

"I've been out there," King told Marsha Lynn Bragg of the Cleveland Sun Press in August of that year. "I'm young. I'm not a movie star or a basketball player. I'm just an ordinary guy who recognizes what needs to be done in order to survive in this day and age."

King worked with Case Western professor Ted Mearns on documenting Civil Rights abuses, and came to cherish the contact. Mearns was an implementation attorney and had helped see Brown v. the Board of Education through implementation hurdles throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Gilbert's office brought King a meeting with radical civil rights lawyer William Kunstler. The man who defended Martin Luther King, Abbie Hoffman Lenny Bruce, Stokely Carmichael, and Native American members of the American Indian Movement made a deep impact on King. It was a contact he would keep during his time in Ohio.

"I became known to Bill Kunstler on a first name basis," King said. "So I could call his office for help on occasion when I practiced Civil Rights."

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It is nice to be back doing what I should be doing, improving life in the Community.

11 January 2007

KingCast presents Nashua School Board public comment vis a vis Rosenfeld v. New Jersey, 408 U.S. 901 (1972)

When I gained Jerry Doyle the right to speak before Columbus City Council by suing for him after nearly a year of unlawful denials, I ran the case of Rosenfeld v. New Jersey, 408 U.S. 901 (1972). While I do not condone the use of profanities at public government meetings, i.e. M....F.... that Rosenfeld used, even that is Constitutionally protected. My client had called City Councilors a "bunch of niggers," to make his point that he didn't want the City to pay for police protection for the KKK. I guess they heard him loud and clear, and decided not to hear him again for about a year. You can learn more about that in KingCast short film, "American Lawyer I."

In any event, I believe that Nashua School Board member and Attorney Dennis Hogan, who appeared with me on Jennifer Horn's talk show Wednesday, is doing the right thing in working with me, and I told him I look forward to meeting with the Board tomorrow at the 2:00 policy meeting, foregoing a lawsuit as noted in this post.

10 January 2007

Christopher King sues Nashua School Board over content-based First Amendment Restrictions.

Time out: There is a 2:00p.m. policy meeting tomorrow, 12 Jan 2007. On information and belief, the offending speech policy 1130(10) prohibiting comment on administrative and personnel issues will be deleted; I have informed Board members that 1130(9) must be jettisoned as well, prohibiting personal attacks because that falls under a Defamation standard; the Board is and should be free to cut comments about personal lives that have no bearing or reflection on the employee's performance or character in office. As I told 1590 Talk Radio host Jennifer Horn on air the other day, the way 1130(9) is written, one could run afoul of it by saying "Dr. Earl's performance is loathsome," for example.

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 censure censor (Freudian slip?) speech in such a manner. We need a bright line legal standard, and there is no other way to get one than to have a court issue it. Any damages, if awarded, will be split 5 ways: The Board can decide two charities to receive a total of 40%; I will pick two of mine for another 40% and I will keep 20% for my efforts, which frankly have been quite exhaustive. The law should always embrace creative solutions to problems like this, and my experience is tailor-made for this endeavor.

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.

In Woburn: Terror on my Train.

I don't ride the Lowell train to Boston so much anymore after the usurious rate hike from $5.25 to $6.75, but I was on it the day before yesterday. Yesterday's ride was filled with sadness when two hard-working men died because of someone's negligence, as noted in this Boston Herald story. One of these men, Christopher Maccaulay, was from New Hampshire, to boot. My prayers to out to his family, that of James Zipps and all others injured yesterday.
You can see the exact spot where it occurred at KingCast movies "American Lawyer I & II."

09 January 2007

Another Nashua School Board member agrees with Christopher King against First Amendment restrictions.

At last night's meeting (see the Ultimatum post) I finished explaining the conditions under which I would sue the Board for its viewpoint/content-based First Amendment Speech restrictions that City Attorney Bennett concurs violate the United States Constitution. Board member Sandra Ziehm again thanked me and agreed that immediate action was necessary. Then Board member Michael Cleamons challenged me to court and stated that Constitutional Law is ever-changing. He cited Plessy v. Ferguson/Brown v. Board, prayer in public schools and dress code restrictions. I find those arguments less-than-compelling because all of the decisional law is actually going in my favor, not his. I was ready to sue. Then Board member and Attorney Dennis Hogan saved the day:
"Those are mighty big words for someone who's not on the policy committee.....I've reviewed the matter and I think that Mr. King ends up being right.... I would not rush out to test Mr. Cleamons just yet."

Thereby preventing a lawsuit. I will be involved in the upcoming policy meetings this month, and I'm applying for readmittance to the Ohio Bar soon as well, buoyed by the activity in this case in particular. As noted here by my former boss Terry Gilbert, and in KingCast.net, this is my calling.

08 January 2007

Christopher King gives Nashua School Board an ultimatum?

Cross post: Telegraph forums. When I started this journey against the viewpoint and content-based public comment restrictions a month ago there was no 5-page opinion from City Attorney Stephen Bennett on my side. There was no Nashua Telegraph editorial on my side, and ACLU director Clair Ebel had not yet spoken out against such policies. She has now, stating: "when a public forum is created, it is not within the board’s authority to set limitation on content." And their only supporting case -- Vagalebre -- had not been distinguished, but now it has been.

All of that has changed yet the Board, instead of taking a vote now, is going to send it to a committee. For what? They have everything they need to vote on, and most of it came from Attorney Bennett and me. This all seems rather dilatory, and at this point I'm thinking about that courthouse door with a Petition in Mandamus/Injunctive Relief because this is a Fundamental Right that is being trammelled. And as I've already noted, they can't win on Summary Judgment because their own lawyer agrees with me. In Ohio, arch-conservative Federal Court Judge Graham stared this issue squarely in the face with my former client Jerry L. Doyle, on a case I initiated, and determined we were indeed correct.

The next KingCast movie will address all of this.

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Today's email exchange between President Dowd and me:

Hi Mr. Dowd,

Thanks for the email. I indeed plan to be there and if the Board chooses not to answer my inquiry that's certainly within the Rules.

At the same time, this issue is generating a life of its own, when really I don't see what else there is to consider. Everything has been thoroughly briefed and so all that needs be voted on is......
(continued in comments)

KingCast presents: Catching up with Prosecutor Albrecht.

Remember how he resigned shortly after an Ethics investigation opened? Well that was back in September, and today neither Melanie Plenda, who wrote the Keene Sentinel story, nor the Attorney Discipline office have any clue what happened to the allegations. I think I will telephone the county tomorrow to see how things are developing. The folks at NH Indy Media are curious, too.

07 January 2007

KingCast presents: Lucky Number 7.

And herein witness SAAB Number 7, a nice '89 Classic 900 Turbo that was originally delivered in Spain. It's no BMW, nor is it as nice as the '88 Convertible, but it will suit me just fine for now as I keep on keepin' on.

It is nicer than the '89 Convertible, which had rust issues underneath, as did the '89 SPG -- both of which were well-boosted "tweaked" Mustang/911 killers on a nice cool day :)

KingCast witnesses Nashua School Board's budget public response issue #1: Julia Earl.

Today's Nashua Telegraph reports the comments received by the School Board overwhelming directed toward Julia Earl, who according to the paper has been on paid leave since June and has been paid for than $76,000 in that time. One response read succinctly:

"Terminate Dr. Earl's contract or put her to work!"

Meanwhile, for the latest on the ongoing saga involving the unlawful First Amendment restrictions she helped put in place at the School Board, along with less-restrictive guidelines on review of Superintendent expenditures and other executive actions, read this.

New Hampshire lawyer Daniel Hynes arrested for Extortion.

New Hampshire lawyer Daniel Hynes was charged with extortion for threatening litigation against hair salons for charging different prices for men and women. Legal theories aside, and reserving judgment until all salient facts are set forth, it appears that he is in trouble because it appears that there was never any active case in controversy; no mention was made of him negotiating on behalf of a client or injured party. See, I know all about bogus charges of extortion, you bet. And I know that the First Amendment and NAACP v. Button, 371 U.S. 415(1963) guarantees the right to an NAACP legal chair to issue a Demand Letter to the police; that's why the case against me correctly never even made it to trial, as noted in my year-in-review entry.

05 January 2007

KingCast reviews race relations and anti-Semitic hate crimes in Nashua with Michael Goldstein.

My life is living testament to the fact that race relations are improving in America. My best friends growing up and some of my stanchest legal supporters are Jewish. In fact, as a First Amendment scholar, I hosted a hate crimes forum at Case Western Reserve law school in my second year with my then-boss, Civil Rights lawyer Terry Gilbert. Sadly, it is people like Michael Richards (from one of my favorite shows) and whomever apparently keyed Mr. Goldstein's car with "Jew" and whatnot that ruin it for everybody, as noted in today's Nashua Telegraph story. Similarly, see para. 2 of my signature post, in which I talk about Mr. Richards. It is linked in this post in which I agree with NAACP LDF lawyer Ted Shaw on the importance of maintaining voluntary race-based remedies in education, an issue now before the United States Supreme Court. I have found that when people of different backgrounds grow up together there is typically less hatred; call it anecdotal but it's coming on 42 years worth of anecdotes now.

I was an active member of the Mayor's Committee on Ethnic Awareness until a ridiculous chain of events took me away from that, as noted in my year-in-review post. I will post this comment on the Nashua Telegraph forums page and meet Mr. Goldstein at some point for lunch, where I will share with him what it was like for me growing up, as intimated in the first manuscript excerpt from "American Lawyer: Christopher King is a Dangerous Black Man," itself a reference to the hateful actions of American Tower Corporation brass after I correctly requested overtime. Watch American Lawyer II and III at KingCast and read this post.

Nashua's WSMN 1590 blog features Nashua School Board content-based First Amendment public comment restriction.

Board Member Sandra Ziehm told me this morning that she appeared on WSMN 1590 Jennifer Horn's daily show yesterday with Alderman Fred Teeboom and Mayor Bernie Streeter to address the viewpoint/content-based First Amendment speech restrictions. My update from yesterday, including City Attorney Stephen Bennett's 5-page supporting opinion, and a direct email to Acting Superintendent Chris Hottel, appears here; and I am about to be in touch with Reporter Horn (website) but she is in studio at the moment. It is good to know that there are responsible members of the Fourth Estate, in addition to the Nashua Telegraph, which wrote this editorial supporting the KingCast position. Stay, ummm.... tuned.

Update: We just spoke. More on this later. Also, a point of clarification is in the comments section.

04 January 2007

Boston writer James O'Brien, Christopher King and KingCast present "American Lawyer" manuscript 1.0

As promised in last week's year-in-review post, we are sorting out the finished manuscript for a final version by my birthday in April.

As one can tell from my work with the Education Coalition, KingCast, Justiceforkids and the Nashua School Board on serious First Amendment issues, inspirations and kindred spirits include teacher Erin Gruwell ("Freedom Writers" with Hilary Swank), and Lawyer Lawrence Graham. Graham's cheekily-titled 1996 read, "Member of the Club," is one in which he -- a wealthy black man, Harvard Law grad -- poses as service staff in wealthy Connecticut to see how the World operates when you are persona non grata by virtue of race and economics.

Only thing is, when Graham was running around serving food in lower Connecticut he was a rich man and it was an experiment.
With me, I was never a rich man and it was no experiment, it was reality TV on the Internet; as noted by this open letter to the Hyatt Greenwich, it became my life.

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I'm reading the manuscript now and from time to time I will publish a few passages -- probably 3 or 4 -- here on this blawg. It's extremely well-sorted and James' treatment of the issues of the promise of education, race, politics and my legal battles is near-brilliant.
The Kings helped make a little bit of history when they moved into Cleveland Heights. Realtors would show houses in neighborhoods according to skin color..... "Now it was 1970," he continued, "and the American landscape was changing rapidly. Soon, urban sprawl, black folks and other unsavory minorities would invade every open area, but for the time being we were exactly one of two black families in our neighborhood."

"Housing discrimination was the order of the day," King said. "But my parents fought that and demanded to see all available houses. Our street was a line of demarcation, to the south and east of which there were no blacks...... a lawsuit," King continued, "was initiated by the Cleveland Heights Community Congress against Hilltop Realty, and my parents posed as racial 'testers' to help verify the discrimination. The United States Supreme Court eventually upheld the finding of unlawful discrimination issued by the lower Federal Court."

"Fortunately," King said, "most of our neighbors were quite nice and we all got to know each other..."

But of course it wasn't always so easy. More on that later. Meanwhile, this is how we looked in '72-'73, with my Mom making those seersucker suits with love and considerable skills because that's how you had to do things trying to make it in America when you brought your family up from the South, where you used to pick cotton for money, and had no real money to speak of.