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#3276153 - 06/26/13 01:02 PM 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages
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California man faces 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages in chalk


Jeff Olson, the 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for scrawling anti-megabank messages on sidewalks in water-soluble chalk last year now faces a 13-year jail sentence. A judge has barred his attorney from mentioning freedom of speech during trial.

According to the San Diego Reader, which reported on Tuesday that a judge had opted to prevent Olsonís attorney from "mentioning the First Amendment, free speech, free expression, public forum, expressive conduct, or political speech during the trial,Ē Olson must now stand trial for on 13 counts of vandalism.

In addition to possibly spending years in jail, Olson will also be held liable for fines of up to $13,000 over the anti-big-bank slogans that were left using washable children's chalk on a sidewalk outside of three San Diego, California branches of Bank of America, the massive conglomerate that received $45 billion in interest-free loans from the US government in 2008-2009 in a bid to keep it solvent after bad bets went south.

The Reader reports that Olsonís hearing had gone as poorly as his attorney might have expected, with Judge Howard Shore, who is presiding over the case, granting Deputy City Attorney Paige Hazard's motion to prohibit attorney Tom Tosdal from mentioning the United States' fundamental First Amendment rights.

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#3276181 - 06/26/13 01:45 PM Re: 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages [Re: Crappie Luck]
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"A judge has barred his attorney from mentioning freedom of speech during trial."


Are you kidding me?! \:o
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#3276765 - 06/27/13 08:32 AM Re: 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages [Re: MUP]
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if he was transgender or gay it would be ok
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#3276768 - 06/27/13 08:37 AM Re: 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages [Re: Crappie Luck]
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 Originally Posted By: Crappie Luck
A judge has barred his attorney from mentioning freedom of speech during trial.


Under a normal SCOTUS, this would be an assured appeal victory.
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#3276834 - 06/27/13 09:47 AM Re: 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages [Re: Still-n-Quiet]
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So, a judge, sworn to uphold the Constitution, has denied constitutional rights to a defendant?

Stick a fork in us, we are done.
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