Our City of St. Augustine's patron saint, Saint Augustine of Hippo, wrote that, "an unjust law is no law at all."
The same goes triple for unjust lawmen like DAVID SHOAR. They are not lawmen at all, but lawbreakers, inflicting "Jim Crow law."
Parma, Ohio Police allegedly arrested and jailed a man for four days, retaliation for his obviously satirical Facebook page.
These are noisome nasty betrayers of their oaths to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution.
Sounds like the Parma, Ohio Police Department and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals badly need their consciousness raised. The Onion is right,
Parma, Ohio Police Department's actions remind me of the outrageous fascist piggery and thuggery here in St. Augustine under the maladministration of WILLIAM BARRY HARRISS, City Manager from 1998-2010, with the contrivance connivance of our orotund and other-directed St. Augustine Police Chief (later Sheriff) DAVID SHOAR, a vicious vituperative varmint who covered up at least one officer-involved domestic violence homicide, the man who legally changed his name from "HOAR" in 1994.
HARRISS "retired" in 2010.
SHOAR was elected Sheriff in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, finally retiring in 2021.
SHOAR put HARRISS on the Sheriff's payroll ($1500/month).
The itty-bitty-City's, HARRISS's, SHOAR'S, and SAPD's hateful campaign inflicted "Jim Crow law" on street artists and performers, a stench in the nostrils of our Nation significantly encouraged by mendacious Mayors CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR. a d JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR., who suppressed First Amendment protected activity while ripping off local residents and taxpayers, as exemplified by their stinky 81 St. George Street lease of City property at 20% of market rates, ably exposed by FOLIO WEEKLY.
Amidst their war on our rights, a federal jury got to rule against these radicals and against our corrupt City of St. Augustine's vicious attack on free speech rights. The jury ruled against the City. The verdict was upheld. The City did not appeal.
The late heroic civil rights lawyer William Sheppard and Gray Thomas and William Yokan from his law firm successfully represented the late heroic civil rights plaintiff Warren Celli, winning a $23,500 jury verdict against the City of St. Augustine, Florida for its suppression of his satirical newspaper, the St. Aug Dog.
Four hours of First Amendment violations on St. George Street resulted in a $23,500 jury verdict.
HARRISS, SHOAR & Co, exposed as the humorless haters they were: PRICELESS.
To the City and all who would imitate it, let me quote the words I said to one of our former County Commissioners after he was arrested for bribery by FBI agents: DON'T DO IT AGAIN.
Read the District Court's decision in Celli v. City of St. Augustine, 214 F. Supp. 2d 1255 (M.D. Fla. 2000)
Read the Sixth Circuit's decision in Novak v. City of Parma, Ohio,
Footnote: My late mentor, Honorable Nahum Litt, argued more than 70 cases in appellate courts, including the Sixth Circuit, for the Interstate Commerce Commission. Judge Litt was later Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Civil Aeronautics Board (1977-1979) and U.S. Department of Labor Office fo Administrative Law Judges (1979-1995). Judge Litt went on to found and write the New Smyrna Beach Shadow, exposing and satirizing the NSB and Volusia County Establishment. Judge Litt would heartily agree with The Onion and would have loved its satire of legal Latin and "scholarship," having once written a satirical article on judges' personalities and work habits ("A Judicial Aviary") for the American Bar Association's Judge's Journal.
Chief Judge Litt, his daughter Marcia and I were once watching an episode of the tv comedy, "Night Court," and he remarked with words to the effect that, "this program mocks the justice system that I served for 40 years." I responded, "no, Judge, you were part of the civil injustice system. This program mocks the criminal injustice system."
The American criminal injustice system is mocked by unjust judges who would rubber-stamp the arrest and incarceration of Mr. Novak for making fun of the Parma, Ohio Police Department.
The First Amendment, in its majesty, must protect our right to criticize, mock and expose governments for what they do, and don't do.
The Supreme Court should grant Mr. Novak's writ of certiorari and decide on our right to parody.
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