Saturday, April 26, 2014

Foster County, ND: Auditor Files Restraining Order against Concerned Citizens

Believe it or not, our Foster County Auditor, Teresa Risovi filed a "Disorderly Conduct Restraining Order" against me (and my husband - in two separate orders). According to the petition,"Disorderly Conduct" means intrusive or unwanted acts, words, or gestures that are intended to adversely affect the safety, security or privacy of another person."

I don't think Auditor Risovi understood the following sentence which is also in the petition: "Disorderly conduct does not include consititutionally protected activity," such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to obtain public records, freedom to take pictures of public officials at public meetings, freedom to criticiZe the performance of a public official, and freedom to park in a public parking space, namely the parking lot of Foster County.

The Restraining Order goes on to say that I cannot:1. Engage in any disorderly conduct toward the petitioner 2. Cannot "come within 50 feet of petitioner when petitioner is outside Foster County Courthouse building or come within 25 feet of petitioner's vehicle or residence."

"Violation of this order is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2000. Any peace officer may arrest you with or without a warrant and take you into custody if the peace officer has probable cause to believe you have violated this order."

Well, Auditor Risovi, you are not going to take away my 1st Amendment rights by threatening me with a frivolous restraining order that is filled with paranoid statements and lies. Anyone who has been following knows that I have not threatened you in any way. I have mostly been stating facts about the illegal/abusive way that Chairman Paul Straley has been running the Foster County Commissioners meetings and not allowing community members to speak. The fact that you were hired during an illegal meeting is a matter for the courts to decide.

Could you be more obvious about the fact that your restraining orders were purely retaliatory and meant to quash my civil rights and the rights of my husband? Why didn't you just come out and say that you filed frivolus restraining orders because my husband filed a complaint to remove you from office!

The courts will decide whether or not you are holding your office legally. As well, the courts will decide if you can restrict constitutionally-protected speech and activities here in Foster County, the way you are trying to do with your restraining orders.

Lastly, I think it's pitiful that you can pretend to fear for your safety around a 68-year-old, overweight, arthritic grandma who taught for over 35 years about our constitutional rights... rights which I dearly value and will not give up because of threats from a government official like you.

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