Blumenthal says a SWAT team arrested him and he was charged with simple assault for his attempt to deliver food to the besieged Venezuelan embassy five months ago. Blumenthal’s arrest appears to be another example of the legal harassment of US government critics that includes WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.
A Connecticut statute makes it a crime to “ridicule” anyone because of their creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality, or race. A law professor says the statute is “obviously unconstitutional, because … there’s no First Amendment exception for speech that insults based on race or religion.”
Jim Fetzer was sued by Lenny Pozner, father of six-year old Noah Pozner, who was reportedly shot to death. Lenny Pozner claimed Fetzer’s writing caused him to suffer from PTSD. A jury ordered Fetzer to pay $450,000 in damages to Pozner for defamation, based on accusations that Noah Pozner’s birth certificate was fake.