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Worthley v. City of Gloucester

In this case, Jeff Worthley filed a lawsuit against the School Committee of Gloucester and Superintendent Ben Lummis in Massachusetts Superior Court. However, the case was moved to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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Vermin Supreme v. Concord NH

Vermin Supreme wanted to protest Hillary Clinton’s book signing event outside of a bookstore using two ponies, but the Defendants denied him a permit to do so. In response, Mr. Supreme sued the Defendants under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution and Articles 15 and 22 of the New Hampshire Constitution.

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Sousa adv. Seekonk

This case involves Luis Sousa, who was issued a permanent no trespass order by the Superintendent, which banned him from attending Seekonk School Committee meetings and entering Seekonk Public Schools property. This order was based on two incidents, one outside a school committee meeting and the other during a school committee meeting where Sousa was accused of violating public participation policies and causing a disturbance.

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DOE v. Fitzgerald

Defendant Daniel S. Fitzgerald, a.k.a. “Hollywood Homes,” is a sex trafficker who engaged in intimidation and harassment to conceal his actions and silence victims and witnesses. Fitzgerald, a co-conspirator in Peter Nygard’s sex trafficking enterprise, also had his own venture, victimizing the plaintiffs in this case.

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In this case, Worcester DAs Office prosecuted DePina for violating G.L. c. 26, § 13B based on DePina heckling Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins during a televised press conference.  The charge alleged that DePina’s heckling incorporated reference to the three criminal cases pending against him that the Suffolk County DA’s Office was prosecuting.  The entire incident was on video.

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Audrey Davis was a student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (“ERAU”) and a member of the ROTC program. Audrey was sexually assaulted by another student after she fell asleep one night at an off-campus party and reported the assault to both the police and to the ERAU’s Title IX office. The University took nearly half a year to investigate her claims and denied her requests to place her assailant in different sections of the classes she was taking.

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Church Militant

Church Militant is a non-profit media company and advocacy organization that supports reform within the Catholic Church. In 2021, it sought to lease the City of Baltimore’s event venue for a prayer rally in protest of the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which would be taking place nearby.

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Berge v. Gloucester School Committee

Berge went to the school superintendent’s office to inquire about tickets to a school play.  He was neither rude nor vulgar and held his camera in plain view, announced he was recording, and announced that he was a “citizen journalist” doing a story on the issue.  (link to video)  Two of the three employees filmed did not wish to be filmed.  However, after a lengthy conversation with an official who appeared to have no objection to being filmed, Berge politely left. 

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