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Canton Coverup Part 315: Michael Morrissey Files Motion Banning Protesters, Dogs, Water Bottles, And Sweatshirts Saying “Free Karen Read” Within 500 Feet Of Courthouse During Trial


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The Commonwealth filed a motion this morning to ban protesters from being within 500 feet of Norfolk Superior Courthouse during Karen Read’s murder trial, and it’s the most ridiculous, unconstitutional thing I’ve ever seen. They particularly call out “Free Karen Read” chants and people using bullhorns (me), and even went so far as to blame dogs wearing FKR gear.

This pooch is apparently something that keeps Michael Morrissey up at night.

But luckily Nathan the dog will no longer be able to intimidate witnesses and jurors if Morrissey’s order is allowed. The proposed order sites MGL Chapter 268, Section 13A – the picketing statute I am currently facing 4 charges of stemming from the July 22 peaceful rolling rally in Canton – as the basis for banning peaceful protests outside of the courthouse. This statute is the exact opposite of narrowly tailored, as it uses language like “in or near a building.”

What is “near a building?” Apparently it’s whatever the Commonwealth defines it to be. In this case, 500 feet. But to be clear, the protesters are not protesting with the intent to interfere, obstruct, or impede the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing witnesses or jurors. They are protesting because they’re upset about government corruption and are exercising their First Amendment rights. I was the test subject the government used to see if they could get away with turning peaceful protesting into a crime. When they didn’t get a lot of pushback from First Amendment organizations like the ACLU they saw the green light to weaponize it on everyone.

The proposed order would threaten anyone with prosecution for carrying signs, making statements, carrying papers, water bottles, tote bags, pins, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, or any other item that could be used to write the words “Free Karen Read.” The buffer zone would extend all the way to the parking lot of the registry of deeds.

If this order is allowed it will make it a criminal offense to walk within a 500 foot radius (almost 2 football fields) of the courthouse. This extends all the way to Dedham Center and the Registry of Deeds parking lot. You could be going out for coffee with no intention of going to the courthouse, but if you’re wearing FKR gear you will be charged with witness intimidation if Morrissey gets his way.

Keep in mind, Norfolk Superior Courthouse has a backdoor that jurors can use if the Commonwealth is worried about them being intimidated. We only protest in the front. The government has made no attempt to stop protesters outside of Trump’s or Derek Chauvin’s trials.

According to the ACLU’s website citizens have the right to protest on public property:

Yes. Freedom of speech and assembly — which are fundamental to the functioning of democracy in America — are protected by both the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Articles 16 and 19 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights.

You have a right to engage in free speech and to assemble with others in “traditional public forums,” such as public streets, sidewalks, and parks, as well as other public places, like plazas in front of government buildings, where assembly and speech are generally allowed.

The witness intimidation statute in Massachusetts is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment. But up until now the government has never weaponized to silence protesters. That has all changed with the Karen Read case because they don’t like how effective our movement has been at exposing their corruption.

Anyway, if they actually allow this motion we will just start using coded language to show our support for justice. Instead of “Free Karen Read” we’ll come up with a slogan we’ll use, which will mean FKR to us, and see if they try to ban that. Maybe if they were as concerned with finding out who was driving that Ford Edge parked outside 34 Fairview Road at 3 AM as they are at criminalizing our speech, then there would be no need for protesting in the first place.


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  1. I feel like everyone should just show up with signs that say WHERE THAT FORD EDGE THO?!

  2. Why was the homicide squad called and not the accident team if the police think it was a traffic accident?

    1. Were they called in?I thought lank showed up first talked to Brian then Canton police were looking for taillight and found none and then proctor took it from there.

    2. The state police assigned to DAs office have jurisdiction over all unattended deaths in all counties except for major cities like Boston and Springfield. So Proctor was getting called in regardless. It would’ve been his call to bring in Accident Recon. That story wasn’t constructed until the friends and family meeting much later.

  3. This is America!
    Freedom of expression!
    Freedom to petition!
    Freedom to protest!
    Freedom of speech!

    What the fuck don’t you understand Michael Morrisey?

  4. Everyone should show up wearing shirts and gear that says “Pass The Gravy” and chanting that instead. Kind of like Let’s Go Brandon! Fuck both those guys

    1. My sign is going to be the first words uttered.for public consumption, creepily spoken by the informal cabal leader taken from Officer O’Keefe own voice-mail.


      shame shame shame ALL you McAlberts.

      1. I like the concept for a sign but for a chant you need something concise. A thunderous Pass The Gravy! chant would be epic. Especially in front of the whole country. Imagine the tv coverage and msm news outlets trying to explain it.

  5. “Potential jurors might be influenced by the protestors!”

    Says the guy who went on TV to poison the pool with his jowly visage.

    1. LMAO

      Anyone see Auntie tip her hand a bit.
      Frantic to see expert witness list, how many federales are on it?
      Absolutely loathsome; scolding defense for not yet filing extraordinary government intervention/obstruction motion claims why she wasn’t ruling on stuff AND Lally.pulls a Mello when.asked about evidence disclosure ‘nothing, absolutely nothing’ with Auntie sitting stone faced allowing big word Lallyspainin about the lab not able.to turn it around, after 7 months. No admonishing from bench. Asking Jackson after a 500 page dump with another to soon come can you turn around your review of that in a day?
      What a clown.

      This is.going to trial but they are going to have.to reschedule. Beverley gonna be this era’s more incompetent Lance Ito.

      1. There’s only three scenarios that make sense to me with regards to Judge Bev.

        1. She is corrupt and trying her best to create a favorable situation for the DA

        2. She is helping the Federal Investigation out with delay tactics so that they can complete their investigation.

        4. She is incompetent

  6. The liberty of the people of Massachusetts has been under assault by a corrupt 1 party system for so long they leave or becone apathetic. When they do rally & complain, it angers the corrupt politicians and they criminalize it.

  7. Have they not realized yet that every time they try to silence people it backfires against them.

    This motion is another desperate attempt by Michael Morrissey and his corrupt office.

    Lets say it passes, then what’s to stop large protests on the roads leading to the courthouse? What’s to stop people driving by with signs on their cars? What’s to stop the mobile sign truck from driving by? And the idea of trying to dictate what people wear in the courthouse is way over the top.

    What I would love to see is a group of domestic violence survivors getting involved as well to protest the abuse and exploitation by the DA’s Office to silence Aidan. LG needs to be fully exposed for her role in playing victim.

    The motion is weak and unconstitutional. But one thing is certain if it gets approved then my money is on the turtle riders. They will find a way to make even more noise.

  8. A turtle is crossing the road when he’s mugged by two snails.
    When the police show up, they ask him what happened. The shaken turtle replies, “I don’t know. It all happened so fast.”

  9. If any of this gets passed, we should all be enraged-so much for freedom and democracy ~~

    1. “Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting over what to have for lunch…”
      Good thing we live in a Constitutional Republic!

  10. Ten large cardboard cutouts of Ford Edges might be the Smartest parade prop. No FKR at all. Just Ford Edges saying WHO AM I?

  11. Next thing you know it Turtle Riders and Karen Read supporters will be prosecutated for their crimes like January 6th!

  12. “The Constitution is just a piece of parchment (paraphrase).”- Barak Obama

    But we now have multiple members on on the SJC who believe their race matters more than the document. We also have two new members who don’t believe the states have the right to fulfill the duties of the federal government when the fees refuse to fulfill them.

    The Constitution is gone (not saying it SHOULD be). You need the correct people to have a proper government with a Constitution in good standing. Libera has our constitution, how’s that working out?

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  16. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING !!!!! What country is this. Hey spoiler alert CW, cats out of the bag on your corruption !!!!!!

  17. You get HUNDREDS of protestors at the courthouse, you cannot arrest them all, unless your name is Governor Meldrim Thomson and heard them all on busses and warehouse them all in National Guard armories across the state like he did in 1977 to the Clamshell Alliance anti-nuclear power protestors at Seabrook.

    1. It would be a bad look for the Commonwealth to start arresting protesters at Karen’s trial if they are stupid enough to have one

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