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Court Dismisses Charges Against Texas Tea Party Activist Chris Howe

August 12, 2010 by  

Court dismisses charges against Texas Tea Party activist Chris HoweA Texas judge has thrown out the case against a supporter of Republican candidate Debra Medina and a Tea Party sympathizer Chris Howe. The man was jailed for five hours on March 2 for holding a political sign in her support outside a polling place during a primary election.

Howe was charged with violating a city ordinance, although he was in compliance with a state law that prohibits signs within 100 feet of a polling station. The man’s attorney, who works for the nonprofit Liberty Legal Institute, argued that the ordinance was drawn in such a way that individuals could be arrested for driving by with bumper stickers on their cars, according to The Star Telegram.

“This is a great victory for freedom and every United States citizen,” said Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Liberty Institute and a constitutional scholar.

“What happened here was a gross violation of the Constitution. This violation not only affected Chris Howe, but every citizen who would want to exercise their First Amendment rights,” she added.

According to news sources, Howe is contemplating a civil suit against officials in Watauga, a suburb of Fort Worth.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19921688-ADNFCR

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  • s c

    That unnamed Texas judge sounds like someone who should replace Herr Obummer’s most recent Supreme Court ‘ringer.’ Anal retentive personalities will always challenge our constitutional rights when they think they have the legal system in their back pockets.
    It was obvious long ago that America’s media was attracted to certain political types like flies on stink. This has not changed. Americans have had enough, and from now on, two prime issues will be the First and Second Amendments.
    Certain tightly-wrapped people in Washington would do well to recognize this fact, and get used to the idea that the American people have the right to carry their own big sticks. And no politician can “hope” to “change” that.

    • 45caliber

      I certainly hope so.

    • EddieW

      Well…the guy knew it was against the law to picket at a polling place, I admire his guts to stand up for what he believes…he paid the price…jail time…so time to let him go!!
      We might all have to perform civil disobedience at some point, to keep our Country!!

  • dan az

    I’ll bet if he had painted his face with black paint he might not of been jailed.But that would be racist, to bad for him that he was white.Wonder what would happen if he called holder and told him that he was part of the white panthers?I guess we know that answer.

    • 45caliber

      It wouldn’t have mattered if he had been holding a sign for a Democrat candidate. His problem was that he was holding a Republican sign.

  • J.M.R.

    dont you all know that a sign is more dangerous than a night stick

    • 45caliber

      According to an old saying, the pen (sign) is mightier than the sword (stick). But that only holds if the one who is armed doesn’t hit you with it.

  • don

    Its OK for the black panthers to dress in Jack boots and carry truncheons and insult white voters but illegal for a white guy to carry a sign 100 yards from a polling place? Where was the ACLU in this? Would a black guy doing the same thing have been arrested? Looks like selective enforcement to me.

    • Soldier

      To answer your question, yes a black man would be arrested, because if you are black YOU HAD BETTER DARN WELL BE liberal or you are regarded as a TRAITOR. You are a worthless piece of trash deserving of 1950s style racism according to the lame stream media.

    • 45caliber

      Not if the black man was carrying a sign supporting a Democrat. But if it was a Republican, yes.

  • Soldier

    Wow, let me get this straight. A man gets jailed for 5 hours for holding a sign on an election day, when he is in compliance with the law by being more than 100 feet from the polling station, and another man gets nothing bad done to him for intimidating voters with a night stick within 100 feet of a polling station. Holding a sign is not quite the same coercive power as saying racial slurs and brandishing a night stick.

    And they wonder why we are angry. Equal application of the law is a fantasy in this country.

  • GenEarly

    Need some elective CHANGE at the local level in Watauga, Tx. the PROGRESSIVES just love their government authority at every level, and have no idea they work for US.

    • 45caliber

      You are right. In fact, not long ago at a town near mine, a man got up at a city council meeting and spoke against a measure that one of the councilmen wanted passed. The next day the councilman called his place of employment and wanted him fired for doing it. When it was pointed out that the business couldn’t do that the councilman answered, “I run this town and whatever I want I get!”

      • dan az

        Hey 45
        sounds just like the town here in williams arizona

  • http://mog7@cox.net06042CT James Francis

    Take heart. This action does not demonstrate the patriotism of the Texan soul, which is stout of heart. Beautiful Texas has been trashed by illegals, who disrespect America, its flag, and all it stands for, while greedily grabbing at its assets as just reward for their illegal invasion, murders, rapes, lawlessness, diseases, and total rebuff of the English language. Mexico’s own president and government fails to provide for their own, rather demanding America take over the responsibility of corrupt Mexico, whle that country is rich in assets of its own. None of which go to the millions of citizens who don’t have the guts to claim their own. It’s so much easier to steal what is not. American generosity has been misinterpreted as weakness, and allowed to be severely abused by its own polititians. After Katrina, Texas opened its doors wide and stood with helping hands. It declared
    no American will EVER stand alone, it warmed with pride at FLorida’s defense of Arizona and America, and remembers the Alamo. Watch it, folks, Texas is getting ready to rumble. After all, this IS the UNITED
    States of America. Our sovereignty will NEVER be handed over to the U.N.

    • 45caliber

      “It’s so much easier to steal what is not. ”

      You are correct. At least it is easier as long as you get get our government to prevent your victims from defending themselves.

      Recently I heard that the two largest crime groups in Houston are all Mexican. And most other crime gangs are illegal too.

      I don’t know if you heard of Tom Horn or not. He caught two illegals coming out of a neighbor’s house with stolen goods a couple of years ago. When he tried to stop them, they actually came into his yard, through his fence gate, to intimidate him since they were certain he wouldn’t (couldn’t) shoot. Wrong choice.

  • 45caliber

    The reason he was arrested was because the people holding Democrat signs were annoyed that he was getting the attention. After all only the Democrats are supposed to influence votes at the polling place.

  • Ricky Roo

    And they let the Black Panthers have a pass by intimidating voters right at the polling place. Got to love this kind of government

    • 45caliber

      It is going to be interesting to see if it is done again next election.

  • http://n/a cactusbob

    Watauga, and all cities, should make sure their city laws don’t conflict with state or federal laws BEFORE they enact them, rather than wait until a court strikes them down. That should be the job of city attorneys. Not only would it avoid this sort of publicity, but it would avoid huge legal costs of paying damages to the victims of such laws, and everybody would win.

    • 45caliber

      But governments are supposed to be able to do whatever they want! Didn’t you know that? Ask Oblama and friends if you don’t believe me.

  • eddie47d

    Your all too obsessed with the New Black Panthers as it was only a minor incident at a local polling place. If it happened in several states or even at many local polling places then it would have major significance.You overwhelmingly show your bias. These two incidences occurred in two different states and one was in a predominantly black neighborhood and the other in a predominately white neighbor hood.Personally I would hope no one would intimadate anyone who’s going to the polls.In this case I would say that club(NBP) was less a threat to someones ability to make a rational decision and less of a threat than someone who has a sign. That sign DID tell someone who to vote for. Common sense did not prevail in the minds of either of these people and they thought their actions were more important than showing respect to the voters. I’m still glad both cases were thrown out as minor as they were.

    • alpha-lemming

      (Heavy sigh…… sound of head banging against the desk top)

      • 45caliber


        Sad, isn’t it? And this guy considers himself smart enough to vote!

        • dan az

          now thats how you handle fast eddie

        • eddie47d

          Stop looking at everything through your right wing glasses. They do not serve you well. Voter intimidation can come in many packages and from all sides so maybe you could use a little common sense.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          yeah he does but nobody else does!!! Not even his parents!!!

      • eddie47d

        Alpha; Hope you didn’t hurt yourself and next time wear a helmet

  • Jim H.

    I already know who I’m voting for before I get to the polls. I research the candidates and issues before and up to election day. Some one out front holding a sign isn’t going to influence my vote. If they do or don’t have the right to hold that sign.

  • chuck b

    jim h

    that’s because you can read.

  • 45caliber

    The sad thing here in Texas is that many of those who go to vote have absolutely no idea of who to vote for (or against) before they get to the polls. Generally they only go to vote on one race. Many times they will vote for someone who’s sign they see being waved outside the polling place – or for the person who hands them his business card. Even here where I live (small town) there is generally about 10-15 people standing in your way waving signs or urging you to vote for someone.

    My wife and I try to avoid them.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      It’s like running a gauntlet, here!!!

  • John Norris

    Your statement that people don’t know who to vote for is true. Statistics tell us that Christians elected Obama!! How could this happen?Why are Pastors in the 300,000 pulpits in America not speaking out in the pulpit and these ungodly and unholy politicians?They should be warning Christians not to vote for any anti-christ and that term applies to anyone who is for those things that Christ is against,Obama is for murdering babies etc. I asked myself thee same questions and after much research found the answer.In 1954 Lyndon Johnson introduced a bill in Congress offering tax exempt status for churches if they would not speak out in the pulpit against politicians. The churches accepted this IRS bribe selling their American birthright of liberty and freedom for a bowl of IRS pottage.

  • s c

    John, the short answer to your question deals with one FACT. All of the world’s major faiths (and EVERY major faith in America) is APOSTATE. In effect, caesar (Uncle Scam) OWNS every church in America that has wears Uncle Scam’s ‘badge of shame’ [tax-free status].
    Tax-free status is a double-edged sword. Uncle Scam dangled it in front of us, and he got what he wanted. Name a moral issue that increased Uncle Scam’s power over the years (especially since the ’50s), and you will find a that yet another faith that itself for money, power and false titles.
    When Queen Nancy dared to say that church leaders should tell church members what to say and what to favor or shun, it was another declaration of war against religion.
    It’s LBJ all over again. Now, churches will yield to Uncle Scam’s whims, or their money, bank accounts, buildings and land will belong to Uncle Scam. It’s already happened, but America’s media whores do their best to keep a lid on it. We’re in serious waters, John, and Uncle Scam/caesar has a vested interest in maintaining an image of the “separation” of church and state. In fact, this is a LIE. It is a damned lie. Let no one tell you otherwise.

  • JoMama

    The judge did the right thing. Chalk up one for the little guy. YAY!!


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