No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
I'm hoping I'll be called upon to write an amicus brief for Marcia or Roger: the dirty politics behind this whole thing are just too much to be believed.
Chilling effect, anyone? They hope for it, right there in writing: "The developers and agencies are seeking damages of more than $25,000 on both claims of malicious prosecution, as well as punitive damages 'in an amount sufficient to deter said defendants and others from like conduct.'" Wishful thinking, kids. Once the NY Times and other national media got a whiff of the stench of this debacle, some heads were raised that will not easily be put off the scent next time around.
Bitter much? Yeah, me too.
by Amanda Doyle on Tue., Apr 26, 2005 at 5:32 PM
This is awful, but not surprising. These a-holes won't rest until the city is a visual and cultural ghetto, will they?
[Posted by Michael Allen
on Wed., Apr 27, 2005 at 2:15 PM]
This counter-suit should be recognized as what it is--an attempt to silence opposition to the joint plans of government agencies and private developers. It is, plainly, an attack on free speech and the attempt of citizens to seek redress in the courts--under assault everywhere and thus critically important to defend.
A vigorous fund-raising effort should commence, not merely to seek funds to assist the defendants, but as a way to rouse awareness, sympathy and support. If the effort is broad-based enough, the political opposition could become significant enough to make even a legal victory, a defeat.
[Posted by Dan Icolari
on Thu., Apr 28, 2005 at 11:07 PM]