The Funny Phoenix
Professor Eugene Volokh’s assessment & further review of the Curcio v Pels case (& thus whose Reason article lead to its becoming presidential) could not have been more appropriate in taking specific note of how Julia Pels regained her freedom in the California Appellate Courts:
You'd think that a story that more or less begins, "Two lesbian comedians walk into a courtroom" would be funnier, but unfortunately, it's not. On the other hand, it's legally quite interesting, especially given the striking breadth of the injunction imposed on Ms. Pels:
The court ordered, "For two years only you are ordered to not harass Ms. Curcio…. You may not molest her or disturb her peace in any way, shape, or form. [¶] You may not disturb her peace by posting anything on any social media that includes her name, face, and likeness. You are expressly ordered to not post anything on the internet or any social media that would suggest to prospective employers that they should not hire her or book her in any way. [¶] You are ordered to not contact her directly, indirectly, in any way including but not limited to by telephone, mail, email, text message, Facebook, Instagram, social media or other electronic means."
Here is a particularly noteworthy part of the rationale given by the trial judge (Judge James E. Blancarte) for issuing the injunction:
“If you came into my life telling people that I should not be on the bench for X reasons, it would disturb me greatly. You are disturbing my peace by interfering with my ability to earn a living.”
Follow along in this season as we learn the actual costs of emotional distress, monetary losses, & still more, to overturn an unjust & otherwise power-abusing judge’s position, on this important case for First Amendment rights - as told by victim-turned-overcoming-victor herself, Julia Pels.
This is a subject matter we specifically discuss in A Crazy Little Thing Called Law - the terrifying & all too often realities & fallout when a judge’s personal bias is coupled with their power, running the judicial system into corruption; that all too often judges’ egos bury their intelligence, becoming incapable of reviewing the facts, & making dangerously illegal rulings for innocent citizens.
We must require more transparency surrounding the courts, & more interest by the People to police these brutes.