Tag Archive for Free Speech

Public Records, Copyright, Fair Use and a Developer’s Belief that the Irvine City Council is Not Doing “What’s Right for the City”

Last week, we offered a post that TheLiberalOC might be sued for releasing a voice mail and a transcript of said voice mail from a consultant to FivePoint Communities that was left on Irvine Council member Lynn Schott’s private voice mail which was released to this blog as part of a public records request. We…

Fitzgerald Tells His Side of the Story; Offers a Preview of His Next Anaheim City Council Comments

We contacted Anaheim gadfly William Denis Fitzgerald the day after he was arrested on misdemeanor assault and battery charges at the last Anaheim City Council meeting after making salacious remarks during public comments.  He finally responded last night with his side of the story, and we reprint it below (any edits are due to formatting…

William Fitzgerald loses his lawsuit appeal against OC Board of Supervisors

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that an Anaheim man’s First Amendment rights were not violated when his speech drew strong reactions at Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld a board rule barring “personal, impertinent, slanderous or profane remarks” at public meetings. But the court made its ruling “unpublished,” meaning it does not set precedent for future cases.