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Jun 10, 2015 12:35 PM

Judge rules First Amendment was violated in Alton man's arrest

The Associated Press

LACONIA (AP) — A judge has dismissed a disorderly conduct complaint against an Alton man who called on the selectboard to resign at a meeting, saying his criticism was protected speech under the First Amendment.

Jeffrey Clay was charged with disorderly conduct following the meeting in February. He had called upon the board to resign for their "poor actions as selectmen," ''poor decisions," and "continued violations of the citizens' rights here in Alton."

Judge James Carroll said the 56-year-old Clay's arrest violated his constitutional right to free speech.

Clay spoke of his belief that the selectmen had violated the Right-To-Know law by holding sessions at odd hours of the day.


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