For Immediate Release
In the interest of justice the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office was forced to dismiss charges against Registered Nurse and Free Speech activist Patricia Kanzler. Charged with violating the hastily passed and much criticized ,“Urgency Ordinance”. A poorly crafted law to restrict First Amendment Rights on county property passed by the County Board of Supervisors on March 27, 2012. Ms Kanzler vowed at the time that she would continue to use the traditional space for expression of political dissent as provided in the state and federal constitution. True to her word the next day she was arrested for hanging up a banner with the American Flag and the word “Freedom of Speech” emblazoned across the bottom.
Humboldt County Jurors repudiated this new law in the Not Guilty verdicts rendered earlier this month in the case of the, “Candle light 3”, activists arrested for holding a candle light vigil past the curfew time of 9:30 pm on the courthouse steps . This dismissal simply puts the period on the end of that statement.
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Patricia Kanzler (707) 497-9950