The Second Modification Basis and one among its members, Donald S. Willey, a 64-year-old Marine Corps veteran, have filed a federal lawsuit difficult the so-called “pink flag” legislation enacted by the State of Maryland 5 years in the past.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S District Court docket for the District of Maryland, Northern Division. Defendants are Maryland Lawyer Basic Anthony G. Brown, Dorchester County, Dorchester County Planning and Zoning Director Susan E. Webb, and Dorchester County Sheriff James W. Phillips. All three are sued of their official capacities, and Webb can also be being sued personally.
SAF and Willey are represented by attorneys Edward Andrew Paltzik and Serge Krimnus of the Bochner PLLC legislation agency in New York Metropolis.
Based on the federal criticism, for nearly 20 years Dorchester County authorities have “relentlessly pursued Willey for de minimis nuisance and zoning infractions.” Greater than two years in the past, Webb allegedly stepped up the trouble by accusing Willey of working an unlawful enterprise on his property, leaving his yard in poor situation and for an “unpermitted disturbance to a 100-foot tidewater buffer.” These complaints have been finally withdrawn, leading to a consent order relating to the alleged situation of Willey’s yard.
Earlier this yr, one among Webb’s inspectors entered Willey’s property to conduct a compliance inspection, culminating with Webb issuing new notices for Willey to make different enhancements. A number of days later, Webb and one among her inspectors visited Willey’s property with out advance discover, as required by the consent order. At the moment, Webb allegedly berated Willey earlier than “violently” affixing Notices of Violation to a fiberglass cowl on his boat, damaging the boat cowl.
Webb subsequently filed for an Excessive Threat Protecting Order (“ERPO”) to have Willey’s firearms and ammunition confiscated, alleging threats, which Willey steadfastly denies. The criticism accuses Webb of committing perjury leading to seizure of Willey’s firearms and ammunition and forcing Willey to endure a humiliating involuntary psychological well being analysis. The lawsuit alleges Willey’s constitutional rights have been violated for almost two weeks, after which his firearms have been returned.
“That is the kind of nonsense we’ve repeatedly warned about,” stated SAF founder and Government Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “These so-called ‘pink flag legal guidelines’ might be abused and weaponized in opposition to non-public residents who’ve achieved nothing incorrect. It’s an outrage.”
Likewise, SAF Government Director Adam Kraut stated, “Crimson flag legal guidelines are primarily based on the inherently Orwellian perception which you could take actions in opposition to somebody for an alleged crime that hasn’t occurred. Such legal guidelines authorize seizure and punishment for a criminal offense no person dedicated however which might happen at some place and time sooner or later. This will work in a science fiction film, however shouldn’t be allowed in actual life.”
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