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Freedom Sleeper "No Assembly at City Hall Grounds at Night" cases Go to Court
Date Friday June 24
Time 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location Details
County Courthouse Superior Court 1
Event Type Court Date
Organizer/AuthorRobert Norse
Emailrnorse3 [at]
In an attack on peaceful protest against the City's anti-homeless Sleeping Ban outside City Hall each Tuesday night, police have forced activists off the grounds and ticketed many.

In a court trial before Judge Sam Stevens, attorney Kate Wells will argue that two citations given to Robert Norse were invalid.

She will argue that (a) closing the City Hall Courtyard at night illegally denied access to the City agendas, posted just outside City Council; (b) Norse was on a pathway through the area--an exception to the "no access" order; and (c) banning peaceful public assembly at the seat of government in the absence of some kind of emergency is unconstitutional.

At a hearing last week, Judge Paul Marigonda has already refused to order the police to present video and audio of the incidents. City Attorney Gallogly claims that police have advised him that they were just "pretending" to video/photo and/or the evidence was destroyed. None of this prompted any objection from Marigonda.

More background: "Freedom Sleeper Case Demands Police Release Video Records " at .
Added to the calendar on Wednesday Jun 22nd, 2016 11:25 PM
§1:30 PM is the Correct Time !
by Robert Norse Thursday Jun 23rd, 2016 10:33 AM
Thanks to James Brown! I just checked with a live person at the Superior Court and he is correct.

Though Marigonda (henceforth to be called Muddybrained Marigonda) told all of us that the Friday trial was at 10 AM on June 24, it's indeed scheduled for 1:30 PM instead. Interestingly enough, neither the Court nor the City Attorney advised us of the time change.

Folks should be aware that this is a non-jury trial before a judge--as is the case in all Infraction cases. Judge-not-jury Infraction trials deny the indigent defendant the free advice of a Public Pretender, er, Defender, and also eliminate the requirement for a jury trial.

An infraction trial does provide the benefit of denying the judge the option of sentencing the defendant to jail if found guilty. (However the SCPD has found a "repeated infraction" a good pretext for jailing someone pre-trial) Instead the defendant may have to pay an exorbitant fine or a lesser "fee" to do "Community Service" (more properly known as Community Slavery).

My apologies for any confusion--though it's a pity. Salinas activists from the Union of the Homeless were going to truck over and video the proceedings were the trial to be held earlier as scheduled by Marigonda.

Salinas activist Wes White will be giving an update on the nightly Salinas City Hall Sleep-Out tonight on Free Radio Santa Cruz 6-6:30 PM at 101.3 FM (

Free Radio has restored call-in capability (831-427-3772) so feel free to call in with your thoughts. Folks should also call that number with breaking news at any time--though you may not find someone in the studio.
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Questioning before instead of after doesn't work either.GSunday Jun 26th, 2016 11:31 AM
This isn't about Brent TruthseekerRazer RaySunday Jun 26th, 2016 7:09 AM
Fair question for BrentTruth seekerSaturday Jun 25th, 2016 11:24 PM
I agree with BrentJohn Cohen-ColbySaturday Jun 25th, 2016 10:50 PM
Actions of civil disobedience usually focus attention on those arrested.brent adamsSaturday Jun 25th, 2016 10:30 PM
City Attorney convicts Norse againJames BrownSaturday Jun 25th, 2016 6:03 PM
Right of Nighttime Assembly at City Hall Crushed in Courtroom 1Robert NorseSaturday Jun 25th, 2016 3:45 PM
Go to CourtHTThursday Jun 23rd, 2016 5:13 PM
Evidence the SCPD is lying or the City Attorney perjured himself to Judge MarigondaJohn Cohen-ColbyThursday Jun 23rd, 2016 9:21 AM
The court seems to think your trials are at 1:30James BrownThursday Jun 23rd, 2016 7:28 AM
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