Liberal 9th Circuit judges side with man reading Bible

By Bob Unruh

Reading Bible

The judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are often considered among the most liberal in the U.S. After all, they were the ones who allowed a homosexual judge to rule that a vote by Californians against homosexual marriage should be thrown out.

But now, three members of the panel have sided with a man who was arrested for reading a Bible on the sidewalk outside a state building.

WND reported the state accused two men of engaging in a demonstration or gathering, illegally, outside the state driver’s license office in Hemet, California. The charges were prompted by one of the men who was reading a Bible aloud near a line of people waiting to enter.

They eventually were acquitted by a judge, Timothy Freer.

“The prosecution failed to meet its burden of proof that our clients committed a crime when they read the Bible aloud in front [of] a line of people,” Robert Tyler, general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom, which worked on the case, said at the time.

The judge entered the directed “not guilty” verdict on a motion from the defense after the prosecution rested.

“We were very pleased because Judge Freer also agreed that the law was unconstitutional because it gives too much unfettered discretion to law enforcement in determining whether someone’s speech or other expressive activity has the effect, intent or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers,” said Tyler.

“Although Judge Freer’s final verdict did not include a finding on constitutionality, his comments certainly vindicate our argument that the law is unconstitutional.”

But Advocates for Faith & Freedom also filed a federal lawsuit over the Feb. 2, 2011, arrest of officer Darren Meyer of the California State Patrol, alleging unlawful arrest.

A trial judge granted the officer’s motion for summary judgment in his favor.

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