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Port Townsend versus Silicon Valley

April 12, 2007

Normally, a high-tech startup such as Mobilisa would gravitate toward places like Silicon Valley. Instead, the Ludlows picked Port Townsend, Wash., a modest mill town and tourist destination known more for its laid-back lifestyle and Victorian architecture than any noteworthy digital deeds.

“I can’t tell you how much flack I got from people,” says Nelson, chief executive. “They said you’ll never find talented people out there, but there are plenty of talented people here.”

1999 Seattle legal ideas

December 10, 2006

David Utevsky, a Seattle lawyer who specializes in First Amendment issues, said it is likely the courts in the long run will not look kindly on any blanket attempts to restrict political protests.

“I think the question is, what is really necessary in order to achieve the necessary goals that the city has?” Utevsky said. “It would be reasonable to keep people some distance away from the entrances of (conference) buildings, or some distance away from the president’s motorcade when he travels. But it does seem to me this zone is much bigger than is necessary, and for that reason is probably unconstitutional.

When authorities are trying to keep a distance between demonstrators and those they are demonstrating against, they can’t be kept farther apart than necessary, Utevsky argued.

“They (court decisions) say there has to be an opportunity for protesters to deliver their message to the audience they want to reach,” he said.

“This violates court rules which require access to a lawyer for arrested persons be provided as early as possible,” Boruchowitz said. “It is important that in times of stress, the most fundamental principles of our justice system not be compromised or ignored. Among the most critical of these is access to a lawyer when a person has been arrested.”

Also, police were providing food to anyone detained more than four hours, as required by law, he said.

In other developments yesterday, one aspect of the city’s state of emergency — a police order banning gas masks or their sale in the downtown core — brought an immediate promise of a lawsuit.

“I’m very angry,” said Mark Miclette, president of, in Dexter, Maine. “I could understand if it was a violent weapon, but this is something people need to protect from the air they breathe.

“I just think this is a basic civil right. I view it as simple as getting a weather report saying it’s going to snow, and someone saying you can’t wear a coat.”

1999 downtown Seattle dress code

December 10, 2006

In some instances, people trying to enter the downtown core were stopped by police and asked for identification. One officer told a reporter they were checking to see if people were “well-dressed” before allowing them to proceed, presumably an attempt to weed out more casually attired protesters from downtown workers.