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Randy Fine To Make Announcement On CRT While Violating The Rights Of Citizens.

On a day where we are discussing Critical Race Theory, State Representative Randy Fine is having a press conference where he will supposedly lay out documents concerning the Brevard County School system actually teaching CRT.

What documents Fine has will be interesting to see.

Fine’s “favorite” newspaper, the Florida Today, has continually reported that Governor’s DeSantis’ signing of the law banning critical race theory in public schools is unnecessary because no school district in this area is teaching CRT. If he has the goods on Brevard County Schools actively teaching CRT, the Florida Today should print a retraction and an apology. (We aren’t holding our breath for that to happen.)

What is of additional to us concern is Fine’s continued abuse of the First Amendment in limiting the public to his statements made on public property and on subjects of interest to the public.

As we wrote a year ago, Fine cannot restrict access to such an “event” to “the press:”

In the case of Smith v. City of Cumming, Georgia (2000), the Eleventh Circuit (which covers the State of Florida) held:

The First Amendment protects the right to gather information about what public officials do on public property, and specifically, a right to record matters of public interest. See Blackston v. Alabama, 30 F.3d 117, 120 (11th Cir.1994) (finding that plaintiffs’ interest in filming public meetings is protected by the First Amendment); Fordyce v. City of Seattle, 55 F.3d 436, 439 (9th Cir.1995) (recognizing a “First Amendment right to film matters of public interest”); Iacobucci v. Boulter, No. CIV.A. 94-10531, 1997 WL 258494 (D.Mass, Mar. 26, 1997) (unpublished opinion) (finding that an independent reporter has a protected right under the First Amendment and state law to videotape public meetings); see also United States v. Hastings, 695 F.2d 1278, 1281 (11th Cir.1983) (finding that the press generally has no right to information superior to that of the general public) (citing Nixon v. Warner Communications, Inc., 435 U.S. 589, 609, 98 S.Ct. 1306, 55 L.Ed.2d 570 (1978)); Lambert v. Polk County, 723 F.Supp. 128, 133 (S.D.Iowa 1989) (“[I]t is not just news organizations … who have First Amendment rights to make and display videotapes of events….”); Thompson v. City of Clio, 765 F.Supp. 1066, 1070-71 (M.D.Ala.1991) (finding that city council’s ban on member’s attempt to record proceedings regulated conduct protected by the First Amendment); cf. Williamson v. Mills, 65 F.3d 155 (11th Cir.1995) (reversing district court’s grant of qualified immunity to a law enforcement officer who seized the film of and arrested a participant in a demonstration for photographing undercover officers). Thus, the district court erred in concluding that there was no First Amendment right. (emphasis ours)

Maybe Fine doesn’t want protests at the event. (Suck it up, Buttercup.)

Maybe he doesn’t want people asking how he is living out of the District he represents. (Can’t have people saying the Emperor has no clothes.)

In the end, it doesn’t matter.

Fine is breaking the law by banning citizens from events like this.



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