Today San Diego jurors stood up to laws that are excessively draconian and client biased. They concluded that the chalk slogans written in front of B of A by a 40 yr old San Diegan, were in fact protected under the 1st Amendment and did not violate Graffiti laws; because of its very washable nature. These brave men and women freed a fellow free speaking American through Jury Nullification.
FROM the LA TIMES :By Tony PerryJuly 1, 2013, 1:30 p.m.SAN DIEGO — A jury Monday acquitted a 40-year-old man of all charges connected with writing protest messages in chalk on the sidewalk outside branches of the Bank of America.
The case has exacerbated the already tense relationship between Mayor Bob Filner, who called the case “stupid” and a “waste of money,” and City Atty. Jan Goldsmith, who defended it as a legitimate prosecution for graffiti vandalism.
Deliberating for only a few hours, the jury apparently agreed with Filner — declaring Jeff Olson not guilty on all 13 misdemeanor counts filed by Goldsmith’s office.
Olson, who said he was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, never denied writing the slogans.
One slogan said, “No thanks, big banks.” Another, “Shame on Bank of America.” And in yet another, the bank was portrayed as an octopus grabbing at cash with its tentacles.
“It’s chalk,” Filner told reporters last week in an exasperated tone. “It’s water-soluble chalk. They were political slogans.”