8 comments on “I Make News

  1. Wonder if the Cotton’s actually paid money to the attorneys or if it was pro bono contingency… Justice is faked, it’s for attorneys to get wealthy real fast!

    • You wonder if the Cotton’s what paid money… or perhaps you meant Cottons, plural, not possessive. Either way, I have no idea what you are talking about.

      • I just punched in the head line to the one video that you listed first and it popped up the cotton case it was simply just asking the question whether you knew or not if they had paid a single penny or whatnot for the exorbitant amount of fees that the attorneys were charging in that case.

        Thanks for the English lesson!

      • The story was about Oscar Leatherman and his case against the City of Eureka. Shelley Mack is his attorney, and she is handling the case pro bono. “pro bono” means that she only gets paid if and when she wins the case, and they collect damages from the defendants.

  2. Shelly Mack… didn’t she just have an office near Eureka High School years ago with some firm in the building that used to be a market?

    Yes I already knew what pro bono was… but don’t understand why certain people are chosen over other people when those other people have a stronger case… must be about the potential damages and how much money can be garnered when prevailing… and then of course attorneys will get into u.s. code over certain cases to argue that the attorney shouldn’t be paid the amount of money that they’re requiring and then the court has to look at what reasonable fees are on average in the community…

    … personally was just interested punching in your head line and seeing what popped up on Google first and it wasn’t that case that you cited… but maybe Google hasn’t got the updates yet for this case which is understandable… because it’s not yet over is it…

    For those of us that can read but not listen to audio can you give the finer points of the case please…

    … sorry for the Google grammar but it’s voice to text!

    • Shelley took that case because it goes to the heart of Eureka’s anti-panhandling law. If you were a busker who was willing to defy the police and stand up to the shitstorm that followed, you might be a defendant in a civil rights case. Oscar did that. Usually civil rights cases are chosen because they will get the unconstitutional law struck down, so the circumstances of the case are very important. Believe me, Shelley Mack and Oscar Leatherman are fighting for the rights of everyone, especially the poor. The case alleges that Eureka’s anti-panhandling law and the enforcement of it by EPD violated Oscar’s 1st and 14th Amendment rights. The city filed a motion to dismiss the case, and the judge in the case denied the motion, so the case moves forward.

  3. Always remember Google’s results are manipulated, heavily censored, and not to be trusted
    Thank you for reporting on this, I would not have known about it otherwise.
    As a busker myself, I always wonder when the axe is gonna fall. I question why a musician singing and playing guitar can be considered panhandling, if they are not asking folks for money, no sign just an open case. I thought panhandling was asking people for money, two different things that any lawyer could see, and with the freedom of expression issue.
    You are blessed to have some good lawyers up there at least. Contrary to what some people believe, there are lawyers who will take a case on because they are interested in the issue, they aren’t worried about money like us lowlifes, and maybe they get a kick out of helping people out.

    • i’m with you on this. Busking is constitutionally protected free speech here in the US, but that means nothing unless you have a good lawyer and the resources to stand up to local fascists. I hope you will tune into my KMUD radio show Monday Morning Magazine on April 8 from 7-9am Pacific time (streaming and archived at http://www.kmud.org) I will air extended interviews with both Oscar Leatherman, the busker and lead plaintiff in this federal lawsuit, and his attorney, Shelley Mack.

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