Month in Review – October 2019

Here are the highlights for October:

* On October 9, we, along with local attorney Scott Wood, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Tulsa and its Chief of Police, Chuck Jordan, on behalf of Wayne Brown, a Tulsa police officer who was wrongfully fired because local anti-police activists complained to the City about conservative social media posts Brown had made several years prior to his hiring as a Tulsa police officer.

These activists play the race and anti-Islam cards every chance they get because they hate white, conservative, Christian police officers.

It is a shame that the Tulsa police leadership was so willing to throw Officer Brown under the bus to appease these radicals.  While the Tulsa leadership might side with these anti-police activists, we can assure you that the rank and file do not!

* On October 10, we filed a response to Michigan Attorney General Nessel’s motion to strike our notice of supplemental authority filed in our lawsuit against her in which we brought to the Court’s attention the recent decision in Buck v. Gordon, where the court held that Nessel should not be dismissed from the case involving religious discrimination because the evidence “supports a strong inference that St. Vincent was targeted based on its religious belief, and that it was Defendant Nessel who targeted it.”

As the court in Buck further noted, “Leading up to and during the 2018 general election campaign, [Nessel] made it clear that she considered beliefs like St. Vincent’s to be the product of hate.”

In our response, we note that there is a reason why Nessel wants to separate herself from Chief Judge Jonker’s decision in Buck v. Gordon and why she argues in her motion to strike that this decision is not relevant in our case.  And the reason is this:

“Chief Judge Jonker’s decision exposes Nessel for what she is: a politician willing to use the power and instruments of government to target political opponents.  Buck v. Gordon is pertinent, it is significant, and it is relevant to the proceedings before this Court.  It illustrates, at a minimum, the plausibility of Plaintiff’s claims in this case.  Nessel’s motion should be denied.”

* On October 17, the California Supreme Court agreed with us and denied a request to depublish (i.e., make non-precedential) the California Court of Appeals’ decision in Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc. v. The Irvine Company, in which we won an important free speech decision under the California Constitution.

With the victory confirmed, on October 30, we filed a lengthy motion for attorneys’ fees and costs.  The hearing on that motion is scheduled for December 6.  Please keep this in your prayers!

* We prepared a lengthy motion to dismiss the felony charge brought against four brave Red Rose Rescuers who were arrested for entering an abortion center this past June in Flint, Michigan.

In this case, because the rescuers engaged in a time-honored practice of civil rights activists described as “passive resistance”—although the rescuers offered no resistance; they simply refused to actively participate in their own arrests—the prosecutor charged them with assaulting/resisting/obstructing an officer, which is a felony.

The hearing on this motion will be held in the Genesee County Circuit Court in Flint, Michigan on November 25.

* We have been diligently working on other important cases, including one in Minnesota, that will be making news in the coming weeks.  Keep an eye out!

Thank you for your prayers and financial support.  We couldn’t do what we do without them!