Flaugher sues over parade incident

Flaugher sues over parade incident

There are 72 comments on the Independent story from Dec 11, 2006, titled Flaugher sues over parade incident. In it, Independent reports that:

A man who claims he was "illegally arrested" and barred from participating in an Elliott County parade in September is suing various county, state and city officials, alleging his First Amendment rights were ...

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mae

AOL

#1 Dec 12, 2006
God Bless Him And His Family!!!
mae

AOL

#2 Dec 12, 2006
I am so proud he is finally getting around to sue those people's involved in not letting him have his freedom of speech!!!
JWS

Moorestown, NJ

#3 Dec 21, 2006
Shame on you for congratulating that man. I understand that he has suffered a loss that no one should have to suffer and I can only offer my prayers and condolences, but trying to destroy the careers of the attorneys who defended the criminals is not the way to go.
What about the police who may not have done their jobs thoroughly investigating the crime? What about the prosecutor who may not have done a good job presenting the evidence? They are the ones who failed to obtain a conviction.
Every person in this country deserves to be represented by an attorney when they are in danger of losing their liberties for the rest of their lives. That's not to protect the individual charged, but to protect all of us from illegal and unconstitutional decisions by the government. Whether its a speeding ticket or a crime like murder, every American should DEMAND a fair trial not because the person may not have committed the crime, but because that trial is what separates us from living in a world like Saddam Hussein's Iraq where people are simply killed once they have crossed someone with political power.
No defense attorney enjoys defending child molesters, murderers, and other vile and detestable scum of the Earth. Their jobs are much morally harder than prosecutors who "bring justice," corporate attorneys who push paper, or the attorney who helps you get child support from your deadbeat ex-husband. These attorneys do not defend the suspected criminal, they defend all of us from prosecutors and police who may seek to deprive people of their families and lives without sufficient reason. If we decide that we don't want these liberties and protections afforded by our democracy, then perhaps we should simply elect a dictator to decide who is guilty and administer the penalty.
Again, I have nothing but sympathy for this man and his family. But lashing out against these attorneys is not the answer.
freedomfighter1

United States

#4 Dec 22, 2006
Absolutly, mae. I totally agree. Freedom of speech must be defended at all costs, and here is a guy in our own region who is doing his best ot preserve the first amendment.

It's especially important in an area like ours, where alot of people have no regard for the constitution or the founding principles of our nation. As long a people stand up, our rights will be defended.

That man has my total support and I will help him anyway I can.
mae

AOL

#5 Dec 23, 2006
Why should I be a shame? This man had a truck of truthful facts about the officals that was running for our county..He had every right as them to use his freedom of expression and speech through that parade..Not everyone agrees with the running officals..We as citizens have the right to go through a parade..You should be a shame to say I should be a shame..We live in a freeom of speech country..Everyone is entitled to go through that parade as any political offical asking for a vote for them..Politicians or as citizens we are a free country ..We are aloud to do that..You vote for a president through causes of negative and positive view's that they pay for ad's on tv..What is the difference between Bush and Gore on there Ad's on tv..There is no difference between a politician and a citizen speaking facts and truth of what they feel is the truth!!!The police officers should not have arrested this man and then let him go after the parade was over..They will have there day when they have there rights scratched from them..You repeap what you soul..It is in the bible..You follow the law of the land.. If the police and the government don't obey the law of the land then we go through our courts to make sure we all have our rights...God Bless and Happy Holiday's!!!
mae

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#6 Dec 23, 2006
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This is what is wrong with our rights...The Kentucky police go on what they feel is right in ther eyes they are not going on what is right by law and us tax payers have to pay for this...I feel this man should have an appoligy given to him in the county paper these are rights as a citizen of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN..We have people fighting and dieying over our rights and freedom..You should be ashamad for even saying you feeling sorry for Mr.Flaughter...You did him wrong...You should feel sorry for yourself for not sticking up for yours and your families rights as well as our citizens of american...You reap what you soul...what comes around goes around...Freedom of speech for everyone ...Oneday you might need to speak for freedom and you might get treated just as Mr.Flaughter was treated...Think what you did to this man..He was telling the truth and had rights and you violated him...Peace to the whole world ..god loves us all....we live in a country that has laws but we don't live by them...lets make a stand...lETS DO THE RIGHT AND LIVE BY OUR LAWS...Kentucky state police and local police needs to follow the rights by law to us citizens
mae
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I am glad to see Mr. Flaughter sue the people responsiable for trying to make him silent in his cause..Hopefully now his cause will be heard and he will have justice in our freedom of speech!!God Bless him and his Family...God Bless America!!
freedomfighter1

United States

#7 Dec 30, 2006
mae wrote:
This man had a truck of truthful facts about the officals that was running for our county..He had every right as them to use his freedom of expression and speech through that parade..Not everyone agrees with the running officals..We as citizens have the right to go through a parade
mae wrote:

This is what is wrong with our rights...The Kentucky police go on what they feel is right in ther eyes they are not going on what is right by law and us tax payers have to pay for this...I feel this man should have an appoligy given to him in the county paper these are rights as a citizen of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Well stated, mae. I totally agree, especially with the part about the police doing what THEY see as right rather than following the law. That happens far too often in our society, and it's a problem that needs to be corrected.

The Founding Fathers intended for the freedom of speech to be protected. Congratulations to this man for standing up for his rights, and for our rights as well. When one person stands up, it sends a message for the whole society, and serves to protect the rights of everyone else.
JoAnna

Greenbrier, AR

#8 Mar 12, 2008
Go for it Flaughter, If we don't stand up for our rights no one else will. When your family is murdered it changes the prospective that you have, I have had a family member murdered recently and I know the feeling. It seems like sometimes the offical's just want to sweep it all under the rug, and blame everyone else for what happened. I hope this year that some of these people who are heartless and take someones life are finally procuted. and Put a few in jail instead of the pat on the hand,, This is what it is going to take to stop some of the killings that are going on around our country. It is getting to be a way of life to take someone elses life.
Sick of this BS

Addison, NY

#9 Oct 8, 2008
Just stopped by and saw this and can't keep from commenting.
Mr. Flaughter was not arrested in an attempt to keep him from exercising his rights. He was arrested after he almost drove over one of the parade coordinators after being asked to stop and tried to continue on without consulting the official. I was there and saw that everyone involved was trying to resolve the situation in a calm and orderly manner when this man became beligerant and very rude and in the end tried to force his will on those who were simply trying to make sure that the citizens of Elliott Co could enjoy the parade with their children. A few times he tried to go around the official and the he gunned his engine and almost ran over her when the state police officer who witnessed it came over to intervene. Those of you who are commenting should really attempt to collect all of the information before you comment on small town happenings when you obviously don't know all of the facts.
Having lost a family member and seen the individual responsible walk away without facing any real type of justice I understand fully what this man and his family were and are going thru and I truly do sympathize with them but having said that I DO NOT believe that a parade that is held for the enjoyment of the young people is the appropriate forum for what mr flaughter was trying to accomplish. For those purposes we have the media and there was no reason that a day meant for family enjoyment should have been turned into a political battleground.
Johnny31

West Liberty, KY

#10 Oct 9, 2008
I agree with Sick of this BS I saw law enforcement trying to talk to him peacefully and work things out. However he appeared to be angry.
Mr. Flaughter was not arrested in an attempt to keep him from exercising his rights. Mr Flaughter (check drawer/Artist/Looking for a free ride/Iv'e never worked/and won't/ only work I do is walk to the mail box on the first get payed and the bull headed is what probably has caused him alot of heart ache in his life.
Johnny31

West Liberty, KY

#11 Oct 9, 2008
Mae, JoAnn,and freedomfighter1 I really dont think you were there and dont know what happened. Before you start jugding law enforcment you should know the facts. The law isnt there to do thing thats not right. There to protect public safety including you and your kids and family. If you would have been at the parade they still would have done everything to ensure you and your familys safety. I was there and saw what took place and I would have done the same thing to ensure the safety of ever citzen and child of Elliott county and everyone that was there.
Johnny31

West Liberty, KY

#12 Oct 9, 2008
Further more I agree with JWS the police do there job and then its out of there hands. Once the police put them in jail its up to the court system which usually sucks. The police dont like seeing the thugs they arrest walking the streets. However once it reachs that point its out of there hands and they feel like they are serving a usless cause so dont blame the police. They put there life on the line everyday and dont
know if there going home after there shift or not.
just wondering

Huntington, WV

#13 Oct 10, 2008
Is mr. flaugher married? If he is, I wonder what his poor wife thinks about all of this CRAP!!! I hope she's nothing like mr. flaugher. Rumor has it, he had an affair on his old lady a few years ago, I only hope that she got some of the money from the law suit, she deserves it if anybody does. any man that cheats on his wife needs to be taken to the cleaners.
Sick of this BS

Addison, NY

#14 Oct 12, 2008
He's married and she is a really nice person.
Sick of this BS

Addison, NY

#16 Oct 12, 2008
Do you not have anything better to do that criticize other peoples opinions? I've read several things here and you always resort to name calling and jumping down peoples throats when you don't agree with them. Not everyone is going to share you opinion. You need to grow up and get over yourself. There are other people in this world and we are all entitled to share our opinions without overbearing people like you shooting off at the mouth.

Since: Oct 08

West Liberty, KY

#18 Oct 12, 2008
Oh one more thing. I bet your fat. I can just usually tell fat peoples agressive attitude towards everything. Dont know just a thought.
Sick of this BS wrote:
Do you not have anything better to do that criticize other peoples opinions? I've read several things here and you always resort to name calling and jumping down peoples throats when you don't agree with them. Not everyone is going to share you opinion. You need to grow up and get over yourself. There are other people in this world and we are all entitled to share our opinions without overbearing people like you shooting off at the mouth.
Johnny31

West Liberty, KY

#19 Oct 13, 2008
It amazes me how every one blows smoke and they couldnt lite a fire with 50 gallons of gas and a blow torch.
Johnny31

West Liberty, KY

#20 Oct 13, 2008
Every one wants to jump on the blog and talk about rights and you dont know shit about rights or the law or the constitutional rights. Further more dont even know what even took place because you were not there. All you know is what Billy Bobs cousins, sisters, brothers, moms, ex-husbands,step childs, aunt has told you. GET THE FACTS BEFORE YOU RUN THAT CUM DUMSTER.
Big Dog Daddy

Richmond, KY

#21 Oct 22, 2008
All I was wondering was he DRUNK AGAIN?
Melissa McIntosh

Booneville, KY

#22 Oct 22, 2008
JoAnna wrote:
Go for it Flaughter, If we don't stand up for our rights no one else will. When your family is murdered it changes the prospective that you have, I have had a family member murdered recently and I know the feeling. It seems like sometimes the offical's just want to sweep it all under the rug, and blame everyone else for what happened. I hope this year that some of these people who are heartless and take someones life are finally procuted. and Put a few in jail instead of the pat on the hand,, This is what it is going to take to stop some of the killings that are going on around our country. It is getting to be a way of life to take someone elses life.
I agree. Just wondering who stopped him from going through the parade, anyway. But my thought is that if anone can go throught the parade to campaign than why can't someone do the opposite, as long as they are truths, not just slanderous remarks.

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