Free speech threat backfires
Eye on the Coast
March 10, 2006 from the Coast News
LA MESA ELECTEDS BACKPEDDLE ... An ill-advised letter that threatened legal action against a resident who addressed the La Mesa City Council in January may reverberate to the November election. Mayor Art Madrid could find himself a few votes short of re-election.
In rather strong language demanding a retraction and apology sent to Chris Tanner by City Attorney Glenn Sabine. The ensuing hue and cry by La Mesans favored the accused. At stake was an infringement on a citizen’s right of free speech and an effort to muzzle future citizen’s comments at council meetings. Sabine, who also represents the Flower Capital city in legal affairs, has been on the short end of some decisions there. Peter Scheer, executive director of the California First Amendment Coalition, indicated the law clearly was on Tanner’s side. Maybe the mayor and city attorney oughta review citizen’s right of free speech under the First Amendment.
I don't want to ever get sued by city attorney Glenn Sabine!