Commonwealth v. Freeman

Ian Freeman was arrested by the Palmer, Massachusetts police for attempting to video-tape a public foreclosure auction of a property owned by a taxed protester in that town.  More specifically, the police arrested Mr. Freeman for video and audio taping them while they were prohibiting him from entering the room in town hall where the public auction was taking place.  Eventually, not only were the criminal charges dismissed – a victory for the public’s right to know – but the town also removed the signs that sought to prohibit video-recording in town hall and, in addition, paid Mr. Freeman $5,000 as the settlement for the illegal arrest.  (co-counsel: attorney Shawn Allyn).


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