Follow-up: Quashing Public Comment & Strong Arm Tactics in Great Falls

by jhwygirl

This post was the 8th post I ever wrote for 4&20blackbirds, way back in 2007.

I found a follow-up to this story this evening as I perused the Great Falls Tribune for some Supermontanareporter John S. Adams news reporting, hopefully on the Exxon spill of the Yellowstone River.

Instead I found this story (which will quickly go into paid archive), which found in favor of Susan Overfield’s lawsuit against the city for her very uncivilized expulsion from a Great Falls City Commission meeting in June of 2007.

A state district judge has issued a judgment in favor of Vaughn dog trainer Susan Overfield, who sued the city of Great Falls over her controversial expulsion from a City Commission meeting in June 2007.

In a Friday decision, District Judge Katherine Irigoin of Sidney ruled that the city violated Overfield’s right to free assembly, government participation and free speech.

Yeah – that darn 1st Amendment – that’ll get ya everytime. Just ask the Montana Legislature.


  1. Pogue Mahone

    Susan’s story is an absolutely incredible tale, one which will be written about I’m sure, for it has profound legal implications. It is a very unlikely story too. Absolutely everything was stacked against Susan. The city pulled every dirty trick it could to destroy her. Yet a couple of extremely brave lawyers, Elizabeth Best and Larry Anderson, came to her rescue. They could not abide the horrific misuse of the justice system. THEY are the real heroes along with Susan in this case. Why, because there are very, very few lawyers in this entire state with the balls to do what they did. And that’s a shame. The ambulance chasers should be in awe of a couple of REAL lawyers.

    The REAL offense that Susan committed was exposing the corruption within city government. Hence, the city’s attempt to destroy her. It had always worked in the past.

    Things have NOT changed much with our new mayor, a little pissant named Mike Winters. Watch him in action, and watch the plainclothes cops in action. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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