"Everybody is being put on hold and they are being put off which completely obstructs the ability to organize, to make plans to come, disruptive and violating people's free speech rights.”
"The attorney who filed the class-action lawsuit, Carl Messineo, works for the Civil Justice Partnership."
“The fact the U.S. Attorney’s Office is giving you the same material when you ask for it, that comports with standard public records obligations, and it shows that the MPD and the D.C. Attorney General’s Office is deviating from the way that public records have to be handled,” said Mara Verheyden-Hilliard for the Partnership for Civil Justice.
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“People are coming to Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day to exercise their free speech rights in opposition to racism, misogyny and bigotry. But the government wants to stage-manage democracy.”
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The hotel did not even have a standard “certificate of occupancy” permit allowing visitors to enter the premises, according to a series of emails between the federal issuing agency and Trump’s management obtained this week under a federal Freedom of Information Act request by the Partnership For Civil Justice Fund.
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, a lawyer who frequently argues on behalf of First Amendment rights, said the Park Service had stonewalled her efforts to look at the permit applications but that Trump appeared to be relying on public resources to “sanitize their event from the reality of public dissent.”
Newly obtained documents indicate the New York Police Department may have committed constitutional violations by deploying undercover officers to monitor peaceful Black Lives Matter protests, following the death of Eric Garner in 2014.