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HIGHLIGHTED CASE SUMMARY: “FIRST AMENDMENT IN ACTION”

Posted by Michelle Dellino | Feb 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Practice Area: Criminal Defense

Description:  Seattle Police arrested my client in Westlake Park during the 2011 Occupy Seattle protests on obstruction charges. The City refused to dismiss the case as it had done for many other defendants. We brought motions challenging the arrest and police conduct on First Amendment grounds. These motions were granted and the court found the defendant was exercising his constitutional right to free speech.

Outcome:  Obstruction charge from the Occupy Seattle protest was dismissed. Court found defendant was exercising constitutional right to free speech by engaging in peaceful protest and City had no compelling interest in clearing Westlake Park for cleaning. Court determined my client was engaged in peaceful protest and that Seattle Police activity in removing my client from Westlake Park served no legitimate lawful purpose.

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About the Author

Michelle Dellino

Michelle Dellino is the Managing Attorney of Dellino Law Group. The firm was founded on her belief that there is, very simply, a solution to every problem. Her personal practice focuses on complex family law matters including high conflict cases; high asset and long term marriage dissolution; cases involving business owners, IT, and medical professionals; domestic violence family law; and preparing cohabitation, prenuptial, and postnuptial agreements. Both a trained mediator and former criminal trial attorney, she has the skills and experience to take a case anywhere it needs to go, whether that is a creative settlement or intensive courtroom litigation. In her free time she chases her four dogs and two cats, loves the New York Yankees because mediocrity is not tolerated in pinstripes, and travels as often as she can.

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