Month in Review – February 2020

Here are our highlights for February:

* On February 19, we filed a response to the City’s motion to dismiss and a response to Chief Jordan’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit we filed against them in federal court in Oklahoma for firing our client, Wayne Brown, a former Tulsa police officer.  Brown was fired based on conservative Facebook posts he allegedly made over three years prior to his hiring as a police officer.

* Also on February 19, we finalized a fee settlement in which the Irvine Company agreed to pay AFLC $125,000 in attorneys’ fees following our free speech victory in the California Court of Appeals in the case of Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc. v. Irvine Company.

* On February 24, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise argued a motion to compel discovery in our case defending four courageous pro-lifers who entered an abortion center in Flint, Michigan last June in an effort to protect women and their unborn children from the harm of abortion.

The presiding judge denied our request for exculpatory evidence, thereby creating a potential appellate issue should the pro-lifers be convicted.

The felony criminal trial is scheduled to commence on June 2, 2020 in the Genesee Circuit Court.

* On February 26, we filed a joint status report in our lawsuit against the Attorney General of Michigan and the Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, challenging the defendants’ policy directive to unlawfully target groups in Michigan designated by the radical, leftist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as “hate” groups—AFLC is on SPLC’s list.

Earlier this year, the court denied the defendants’ motions to dismiss.  A scheduling conference is set with the court for March 9, which will then send the case into the discovery phase.

* On February 28, we sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Genesee County, the City of Flint, and the Michigan State Police in an effort to obtain exculpatory evidence in our case defending four pro-lifers.  The FOIA requests were necessary because the presiding judge denied our motion to compel discovery of this information from the prosecuting attorney.

* As always, we have several other important cases in the works!  We must be vigilant and persistent in our fight for faith and freedom!

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