Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Is Someone Trying To Send Carlos May A Message?
Holley v. County of Orange, a 69-year old mother became angry with her son's probation officer when his probation was revoked by the court. Mother left a bouquet of dead flowers on a desk in the probation office with a note reading, "Thinking of you, your 'HELP' will be long remembered." The mother was arrested for menacing, a criminal statute which made it illegal to intentionally place another person in fear of physical injury or death. The mother was allowed to recover damages against the County of Orange, New York for violating her First (free speech) and Fourth Amendment (lack of probable cause) rights. According to one of May's campaign volunteers, this is not the first time May or a member of his family has felt threatened because of his political activities. May, incidentally, was not aware the package had been sent to him at JT's when police were called last night to investigate.