Freedom buses will run in Detroit!
We won in our free speech lawsuit against Detroit. Huge props to our stealth legal team David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise.
Prideful plaintiff here. Legal warriors nonpareil.
This is a huge win, not just for us, but for the First Amendment. Geller Vs. Detroit
While there are technical aspects of First Amendment law in the opinion that my lawyers question, the result was correct and the judge recognized, as highlighted in the court’s opinion, that SMART hung itself during cross examination. This is a huge win, not just for AFDI but for the First Amendment, and a defeat for all those who claim that I am a hater because I am willing to talk about what is wrong in Islam, including, as in this case, honor killings and fatwas for apostasy.
Perhaps the opposition will better understand the nature of my work. This is a direct refutation to all those who claim I am a hater or that my lawyers are "haters" for representing me. I love, not hate, and I fight for love, art, music and freedom!
And, huge kudos to Judge Denise Hood, who protected free speech and did not take any swipes at my message, which she could have (like saying, “while we might despise AFDI’s message, we must protect it…”). She did not do that. Good for her. It took awhile, but the wheels of justice ……..
I am thrilled, not just for the protection of free speech, but for those living in danger who will be helped by our freedom buses.
Special mention and warm thanks to Big Fur Hat, who executes my art, ads, etc., with his particular brilliance.
Want to read the court order? Go here: Download Court Order granting Prel Injunction
And if you can, please contribute to Geller Report. YOU make the work possible.
Defendants argue that their policy is viewpoint neutral. However, there is nothing in the policy that can guide a government official to distinguish between permissible and impermissible advertisements in a non-arbitrary fashion. Defendant Beth Gibbons testified that there were no other written guidelines or manuals available, aside from the guidelines found in the contract between SMART and CBS. She further testified that, while the atheist advertisement was purely religious, rather than political, there was no manual or language that set forth what distinguished a political advertisement from a religious advertisement. Under Sixth Circuit law, “[t]he absence of clear standards guiding the discretion of the public official vested with the authority to enforce the enactment invites abuse by enabling the official to administer the policy on the basis of impermissible factors.” United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 1099, et al. v. Southwest Ohio Reg’l. Transit Auth., 163 F.3d 341, 359). “[T]he limits the [government] claims are implicit in its law [must] be made explicit by textual incorporation, binding judicial or administrative construction, or well-established practice.” Id. (internal citations omitted).
UPDATE: Volokh weighs in here.
Have a tip we should know? Your anonymity is NEVER compromised. Email email@example.com
The Truth Must be Told
Your contribution supports independent journalism
Please take a moment to consider this. Now, more than ever, people are reading Geller Report for news they won't get anywhere else. But advertising revenues have all but disappeared. Google Adsense is the online advertising monopoly and they have banned us. Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have blocked and shadow-banned our accounts. But we won't put up a paywall. Because never has the free world needed independent journalism more.
Everyone who reads our reporting knows the Geller Report covers the news the media won't. We cannot do our ground-breaking report without your support. We must continue to report on the global jihad and the left's war on freedom. Our readers’ contributions make that possible.
Geller Report's independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our work is critical in the fight for freedom and because it is your fight, too.
Please contribute here.
Make a monthly commitment to support The Geller Report – choose the option that suits you best.