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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. She believes there is a solution to every problem. Her practice focuses primarily on complex family law matters including high asset dissolutions; high conflict cases; long term marriage dissolution; cases involving business owners, IT, and medical professionals; domestic violence family law; and preparing cohabitation, prenuptial, and postnuptial agreements. Favorite things include: multi-tasking, competition, travel, baseball, technology, a big view of the Olympic Mountains, and the outdoors. Primary dislikes include: Chinese food, passive aggression and apathy. Also: owned by trio of dachshunds, 2 cats & 1 big dog.

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