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America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301

Friday, February 28, 2003

Party Applauds Supreme Court Decision, Urges Vigilance

Boulder, CO - The America First Party salutes the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday protecting the rights of political protesters and rebuffing the Bush Administration's assault on the First Amendment.

National Chairman Dan Charles said, "The Court's decision in Scheidler v. N.O.W. is a bold and welcome strike against efforts to silence pro-life and other political dissent. The Court's finding that vigorous political dissent, even civil disobedience, can not be squashed by reckless racketeering charges, gives a real boost to the hearts and the spirit of all freedom-loving Americans."

The Bush administration had intervened on behalf of N.O.W. and various abortion providers against Joseph Scheidler and other pro-life activists in an attempt to silence their political protests on behalf of unborn children. The Supreme Court's 8-1 decision rejected the Department of Justice's argument that vigorous political protests, including demonstrations and sit-ins, constitute extortion and federal felony violations of the Hobbs Act.

National Secretary John Pittman Hey added, "The Supreme Court stood up for the First Amendment. Under the cover of fighting a so-called 'war on terrorism', the Bush Administration has methodically undermined the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court's rejection of Bush's latest attempt to sabotage Free Speech is a testament to the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, who created checks and balances in our system of Government to stop abuses such as this."

Mr. Charles continued, "The absurd and unjustifiable arguments made by the Bush Justice Department were repudiated by liberal and conservative Justices across the board, by both supporters and opponents of the right to life. Unfortunately, Bush isn't giving up--he's already nominated one of the architects of this failed attack on the First Amendment, Miguel Estrada, to the federal bench. No doubt he will try to push through more legislation to stifle political dissent, all of course in the name of a 'war against terrorism.'"

Press Secretary Romelle Winters said, "Wednesday's Supreme Court decision protecting the First Amendment and respecting the rights of pro-life Americans underlines the importance of careful scrutiny of Bush's judicial nominees. Bush lost in the Supreme Court, but his nomination to the Federal Bench of Miguel Estrada should set off alarm bells, not just for those who support civil rights for the innocent unborn, but for all Americans concerned about the erosion of our Constitutional Liberties."

Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2


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