Court Dismisses Charges Against Texas Tea Party Activist Chris Howe
August 12, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
A 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.