In a blog post published here this summer, it was asked what the “City of Keene” hiring of hotshot private attorneys Eric G. Moskowitz and Charles P. Bauer would cost taxpayers. Now we have an initial idea. According to the Keene Sentinel’s feature story on the Robin Hood case dismissal, city boss John MacLean claims,
the money to pay for attorney Charles P. Bauer of Concord and his legal team came out of the city attorney’s line item budget, and estimated that cost to be somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000. The city hired Bauer’s firm because it has more experiences with these kinds of cases than the city attorney, officials said.
Was the city manager able to authorize this spending on his own without consulting the city council? IF the council was consulted, what was the vote and relevant discussion?
In reality, Gallagher, Callahan, and Gartrell was hired because they are the go-to law firm for NH government agencies. That’s what MacLean (or presumably MacLean – the Sentinel story cites city “officials” as the source of this claim) means when he says the firm “has more experiences with these kinds of cases”. Bauer’s clients are frequently cities, towns, and likely state agencies. He and his associates live off the taxpayer trough in all manner of frivolous and aggressive court litigation on behalf of municipalities.
Now, Bauer will likely be pressing to appeal to the NH Supreme Court, and it should be interesting to see how “the City” handles the prospect of an appeal now that people know how much “the City” has already spent. Read more
Filed under: Cool, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Living Free, National, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Response, Robin Hood, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
The lawsuits against Robin Hood and the Merry People in Keene have been dismissed in a 16-page ruling by judge John Kissinger dated December 3. On November 27, the Keene Sentinel published this diversionary piece on the state of parking in Keene, New Hampshire, given the costly news from the Cheshire superior court. Below is the city’s parking distraction article, tomorrow will be published much more on the victory for the meter fillers and their generous legal counsel. Read more
Filed under: Announcement, Cool, Court, Issues, Laugh at the Aggressors, Living Free, National, News, Personal Freedom, Robin Hood, Update, Victimless Crimes
Robin Hood and the Merry Men and Women are victorious over the lying, corrupt “City of Keene” in BOTH Robin Hood cases! The first civil case was filed by “the City” back in May seeking a preliminary injunction against the six named respondents, in hopes banning them from being near, speaking to, or recording video of the parking enforcers. It was heard over three full days of court “evidentiary hearings” later in the summer and afterwards, heroic free speech attorney Jon Meyer filed a motion to dismiss the case.
Attorney Meyer’s motion has now been granted in a 17-page notice of decision from Cheshire “superior” court judge John C Kissinger Jr., which also dismisses the second civil case against us that was filed by “the City” in September, seeking monetary “damages”. The second suit proved what we all knew and the city people had originally denied with their first lawsuit – that ultimately this was about their lost parking revenue.
Ultimately, the Robin Hooders have been completely vindicated. The city people were lying (as is typical of governments) when they claimed Robin Hooders were harassing, intimidating, and threatening their parking enforcement agents. Again, the proof that they were lying is that no Robin Hooder has ever been arrested for “harassment”. Even if Robin Hooders were saying nasty things (no evidence of that was presented in court, and I’ve never seen it happen), the job description of the parking enforcers makes it clear they must put up with “mental and verbal abuse” from members of the public. The city people tried to illegally oppress our right to free speech and to hold government agents accountable for their actions, and the court made the right decision and dismissed their frivolous, aggressive, unconstitutional cases against us.
Filed under: Audio, Copblock, Copwatch, Corruption, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, International, Issues, Living Free, National, New Hampshire, News, Noncooperation, Outreach, Police, Politics, Question, Response, Robin Hood, Thuggery, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
The 2013 Police Accountability Tour wrapped last Monday as Pete Eyre and myself parted ways at the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Carrying footage that has mostly completed uploading recently, Fr33manTVraw has seen a spike in recent views as what’s been captured on the tour is sorted for further editing. Much content will be submitted to CheshireTV for airing, and be additionally posted to the FreeConcordTV channel. One video from the tour has previously appeared on the AquaKeene channel, and check for more there from the tour as content airs on the controversial series AKPF #1 out of Cheshire county.
Embedded below is a playlist of my experiences with the TSA. First, going through the security checkpoint with two cameras running in NOLA, then wrapping with a brief exercise in filming the TSA from the public area of the airport after landing in Manchester. You can read an article from Pete covering the tour published to CopBlock last Friday. In my roughly five city addition to the tour, it was eye-opening to see how those portions of the world are changing and and how sheltered other areas can be from their issues. Expect text in addition to video content coming soon to the sources above. Keep cameras charged!
Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Issues, Keenevention, Living Free, Noncooperation, Personal Freedom, Police, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
The Civil Disobedience panel at Keenevention 2013 was presented by the star of “Victimless Crime Spree” and the host of Peace News Now, Derrick J Freeman. The panel’s focus was perhaps the most controversial form of activism – civil disobedience and noncooperation. Keenevention is certainly not the first time a civil disobedience panel has been presented at a liberty gathering, but it is the first time in many years that Russell Kanning, one of the original movers to Keene, returns to the stage! Russell was instrumental in making Keene the destination for future waves of activists who would emulate his peaceful disobedience. Russell was joined by another original Free State Project mover and liberty civil disobedience pioneer, Lauren Canario as well as yours truly, Ian Freeman.
Filed under: Copblock, Issues, Police, Victimless Crimes, Video
Keene police officers Kyle Macie and new guy Kevin Baca were on the streets last night protecting the town from the scourge of two young men, a bong, and some cannabis in jars. I happened across the scene last night while out biking, pulled out my phone, started up Bambuser, and recorded/streamed the scene:
Filed under: Hypocrisy, Issues, Jailed Activist, New Hampshire, News, Personal Freedom, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
Local jail superintendent Rick Van Wickler deserves a lot of credit. His jail, which many activists refer to as the Keene Spiritual Retreat, is far more humane than the atrocious Manchester “Valley St.” jail. Van Wickler himself is a public opponent of drug prohibition and a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. There have been many positive posts about Rick here at the Free Keene blog over the years.
So why, when a local judge has approved Rich Paul for work release or home confinement, is Van Wickler stonewalling the decision? It seems hypocritical. Dave Ridley of RidleyReport.com investigates by interviewing Rich’s close friend and Free Keene blogger Wendy:
Filed under: Copblock, Outreach, Personal Freedom, Victimless Crimes
Hundreds of these awesome new know-your-rights WARNING fliers have already been distributed to local college students during Pumpkin Fest and on other occasions. Most of those who have received the flyer thus far had been elated to receive useful information about their rights and those few who already knew their rights were appreciative that Keene Cop Block is actively distributing them.
You can download your own copy and print them out for use in your area, should you wish. Here it is in uncompressed .jpg:
Filed under: Corruption, Court, New Hampshire, Personal Freedom, Update, Victimless Crimes, Video
In my last speeding trial update, I posted that I’d filed motions to place on file, vacate the sentence, and conduct sentencing by mail. All three motions were denied. I reported, under duress, to the Hillsborough district court again on October 17th, and again conducted more successful “Don’t Take A Plea” outreach to the court’s victims.
I was surprisingly not called last, and was able to deliver a speech in front of many in the audience. I later received a compliment on my views from one of the other court victims. The robed man ultimately sentenced me to 11 hours community service. My next hearing is December 19th at 9:30a for a “Community Service Review”.
Filed under: Audio, Charity, Civil Disobedience, Copblock, Copwatch, Corruption, Court, Free Concord, Free Press, Introduction, Issues, Living Free, National, News, Noncooperation, Outreach, Photos, Police, Response, Thuggery, Victimless Crimes, Video
The Police Accountability Tour had the opportunity to meet with the creative individuals behind CopWatch of East Atlanta. Having been active in their area since the late aughts, the project established itself as a resource for the community, providing a phone number for people in need of a few individuals armed with cameras to reach out through. Following an experience-based set of collectively understood policies, CopWatch participants are also involved in other actions in the area, including Food Not Bombs.
Stemming from an incident in 2010, and complimented by a similar situation which occurred later, the Atlanta police department has now been specifically trained to permit videography and photography of themselves and their suspects and detainees from a reasonable distance. During the 2010 camera seizure, which helped shape CopWatch of East Atlanta’s policies as well as the police’s, a camera phone was taken from an activist by the police after multiple unlawful requests to terminate the recording. Eventually, the camera was wrestled away, and a revealing phone conversation with the property-seizing officer was documented and disseminated. The officer revealed that the person potentially videotaped being arrested may act as a confidential informant on an investigation. The camera phone would be returned on the condition that the police employee could be granted access to the footage and ensure its deletion. An audio recording of the telephone conversation would secure a $40,000 settlement for the group. Upon retrieving the footage, it was posted publicly in very damaged condition, possibly as a result of its poor handling in police custody, or through intentional sabotage. Since that time, CopWatch of East Atlanta has adopted policies to prevent the loss of objective documentation of a scene by working in groups, wearing uniforms, keeping distances between videographers, and observing numerous other safety precautions. Recently at the DeKalb County public library, the group offered to the public a know-your-rights training session. Read more