Championing Your Personal Freedoms
High-profile Cases Advocating the Right to Religious Beliefs
and Free Speech
- Lead Counsel for the Defense in the trial court in United States v. Alaw, et al., a Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act Case brought by the Justice Department in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; argued the case on appeal before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
- Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney, et al., v. Wilma Lewis, U.S. Attorney for the District Of Columbia, an action brought against the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the enactment of “Regulation Six,” a regulation promulgated relevant to the size of protest signs allowed on the grounds of the Supreme Court
- Lead Counsel in District of Columbia v. Jeff White, an action brought against Mr. White, Director of Survivors, a pro-life youth organization, stemming from his display of a jar containing a fetus during an April 2004 protest outside a District of Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic. The court acquitted Mr. White of any and all criminal charges.
- Lead Counsel in Mahoney et al. v. City of Boston, et al. in U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts (Boston), an action brought against the City of Boston relevant to the Democratic National Convention involving protest permits and the process. An agreement was reached wherein the protest permits were to be processed within 15 days, instead of the open-ended time frame in the city’s original guidelines, which could have meant that protest groups would wait a month or more for approvals. The city also agreed to allow all groups of 20 or fewer to protest without permits, as long as their demonstrations do not interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic. The faster processing of applications ensured that more groups have their say during the convention. I drafted the permit process for the City of Boston that was used during the Democratic National Convention.
- Lead Counsel in McGinley, et al. v. Houston, et al., United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama (Montgomery). Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s courthouse display of the Ten Commandments in Montgomery, Alabama. The action was filed to prevent the removal of Judge Moore’s monument of the Ten Commandments in Mobile, Alabama.
- Lead Counsel in Sullenger et al., v. County of Sedgwick, et al., U.S. District Court District of Kansas. An action brought against Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department and Kansas Coliseum to redress past and continuing deprivations of plaintiffs’ fundamental rights to freedom of speech, freedom of beliefs, freedom of religion, freedom of association, freedom of inquiry and study, and equal protection under the law, all guaranteed by the First and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The matter was settled out of court in favor of plaintiffs.
- Lead Counsel in Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, Rev. Rob Schenck, National Clergy Council, Brandi Swindell, and Generation Life v. City of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his Official Capacity as Mayor of the City of New York, et al. An action brought to vindicate the plaintiff’s rights under the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution relevant to the Republican National Convention. A settlement agreement was reached allowing my clients to pray on the sidewalk in front of Madison Square Garden just prior to the Republican National Convention and, additionally, to pray at Ground Zero during the Republican Convention.
- Lead Counsel in Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition, Operation Rescue Boston and Operation Rescue West, Brandi Swindell, Generation Life, and Survivors of The Abortion Holocaust v. Tom Ridge, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, in His Official Capacity, W. Ralph Basham, Director of the United States Secret Service, et al. An action brought to vindicate the plaintiff’s rights under the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
- Lead counsel in Generation Life, Brandi Swindell, Rev. Bryan Fischer, Pastors Policy Council v. City of Boise, Idaho, David Bieter, in his official capacity as Mayor of the City of Boise, et al. An action brought to vindicate the plaintiffs’ rights under the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and to restrain the city council from removing the Ten Commandments monument from a City park where it had been in place for more than 40 years.