Attorney Michelle MacDonald and Family Innocence Advocate, Steve Latham are headed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Petition, challenging the constitutionality of the no “contact” provisions of ex parte (no notice) harassment restraining orders, as interfering with the right to parent, was GRANTED.
Steve was arrested after forwarding emails of a church event, and after his son sent mom a text message — from the boy’s own cell phone. Also, during the trial, the Judge made 35 jokes, including telling the jury to decide before his golf outing, and kidding that Michelle slept with a juror, another reason Steve’s conviction will be overturned. While this may be business as usual for the Judge, the misdemeanor was no joke to Steve, a special ed teacher, who has not so much as a parking ticket on his record. Steve received a restraining order after criticizing his wife’s use of water softener salt, and was arrested at their children’s school, after forwarding emails of a church event, after his son sent mom a text message — from the boy’s own cell phone. Steve argues that his behavior was not criminal; his First Amendment rights, and constitutional right to parent were violated; and the judicial misconduct warrants reversal.
Read the Petition and Appendix (download).
Family Innocence Advocate, Steve Latham and attorney Michelle MacDonald, are pictured here.