Thomas More Law Center – Dallas Court Approves “Impeach Obama” Overpass Banners

Court approves ‘Impeach Obama’ overpass banners

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The “Impeach Obama” banners that have appeared on overpasses across the United States could return to Dallas in the wake of a federal judge’s acceptance of a consent judgment in which the city admitted its rules violated the First Amendment.

The case was brought by the Thomas More Law Center in 2014 after city officials jumped to adopt a new ordinance to stifle criticism of Obama.

The city adopted fines of up to $500 for “certain expressive activities on pedestrian overpasses over designated highways.”

The restrictions, however, have been eliminated by a final consent judgment signed by U.S. District Judge David Godbey.

His ruling, signed Monday, said judgment was entered in favor of the protesters and against the city. He decided the city should pay a $1 penalty in the case but also nearly $25,000 in legal fees and costs.

“The nominal damages award represents a legal determination that plaintiffs suffered a deprivation of constitutional rights,” he wrote.

The legal team brought the case about a year ago on behalf of the North Dallas Chapter of Overpasses for America and its leader, Valerie Villarreal.

The case claimed the city was restricting the plaintiffs’ right to demonstrate and display signs “calling for the impeachment of President Obama and the end to illegal immigration on city overpasses over designated highways,” the law firm said.

Godbey’s ruling was “the first time the city of Dallas admitted its ordinance was an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.”

“It is a good day for free speech,” said Erin Mersino, the senior trial counsel for Thomas More who handled the case.

“Overpasses for America and Valeria Villarreal may now resume their important demonstrations without fear of being fined or retaliated against by the city.”

The Dallas City Council repealed the ordinance only a few months after the case was filed.

During that process, however, the city declined to acknowledge that the ordinance unconstitutionally attacked free speech.

Before the ordinance was imposed, the North Dallas Chapter of Overpasses for America had held more than 75 demonstrations of pedestrian overpasses in Dallas without a single traffic incident.

Overpasses for America is a nonpartisan grassroots movement that calls for accountability from the nation’s leaders.

Its members often use pedestrian overpasses to spread their messages and to reach a large and diverse audience.

“The concerns of a majority of Americans on crucial issues have little impact on the Washington political establishment,” said TMLC President Richard Thompson. “That’s why it’s so important to defend the free speech rights of grassroots organizations like Overpasses for America, whose members feel it’s their patriotic duty to get their message out and mobilize their fellow citizens.”

The legal team also is representing two people in a similar case against the town of Campbell, Wisconsin, that is before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

WND reported the ordinance made it an offense to engage in any conduct, including holding a sign, intended to distract a motorist. It also barred wearing any clothing intended to attract the attention of the public.

Read the entire compilation, and see many videos, of those who are advocating impeachment for Obama.

But the lawsuit alleged the speech ban was an unconstitutional burden on plaintiffs’ rights, was overbroad and vague, failed to further public interests and had silenced the activists’ speech.

It alleged violations freedom of speech and the right to peaceable assembly.




Wednesday, May 8, 2013
by Brandon Darby


As US media outlets report on recent allegations by two women who claim they were enslaved at a Saudi compound in the US, many US advocates who help human trafficking victims wonder why this common occurrence is only just now being reported on.

Two women from the Philippines alleged that they were held against their will at a Saudi compound believed to house a Saudi military attaché in McLean, Virginia. The women claimed that their documents were taken from them and they were forced into servitude.  [More]



TAALDEF Working Behind the Scenes

During the 2011 Texas Legislative session, TAALDEF arranged meetings to introduce representatives of Judicial Watch to key Texas legislators who were knowledgeable of the Falcon Lake event which resulted in the death of David Hartley.   Later, TAALDEF made the initial contact to connect our friends at Judicial Watch with Tiffany Hartley resulting in a very important relationship which will benefit Texas and its citizens on many levels.    

Judicial Watch Client Tiffany Hartley, Widow of American Killed in Border Violence, to Testify at Congressional Field Forum

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On September 16, Judicial Watch filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the Department of State, Department of Justice and the FBI to obtain all government records pertaining to the September shooting, including Obama administration communications with their Mexican law enforcement officials, military authorities, and other Mexican officials.

Mrs. Hartley and Judicial Watch also participated in a May 12, 2011, Washington, DC press conference hosted by Congressman Poe to bring attention to the investigation of David Hartley’s murder.

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