Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gloucester Residents had their Constitutional Rights Violated

Forty Gloucester County residents have been ordered to pay the county $2,000 each for a failed effort to remove four elected officials.
The order entered Tuesday by substitute Circuit Court Judge Westbrook Parker formalizes a ruling he issued in December that found the residents abused the judicial system for political purposes.
The residents had petitioned for the removal of four county supervisors who were indicted on charges of illegally meeting in secret.

The residents claim they were exercising their constitutional right to petition the government and they plan to appeal.
The full story is here

Maybe Westbrook should read the First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

H/T Tertium Quids

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