Florida Gadfly Beats the Odds, Gets Back to Supreme Court

Florida resident Fane Lozman returns with a different fight against his home city
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2018 1:25 PM CST
A file photo of Fane Lozman in Miami Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
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(Newser) – Given how many cases the Supreme Court rejects, it's quite a coup if one of your own legal fights ends up being argued there. On Tuesday, Florida resident Fane Lozman had the odds-defying distinction of seeing his second case there in five years. The former commodities trader won his first—a dispute over whether the city of Riviera Beach had the right to seize his houseboat—and will learn later this year whether justices agree with him in the second, which stems from his arrest at a city council meeting back in 2006. The court heard arguments Tuesday in the case, which has First Amendment repercussions. Details:

  • The arrest: In November 2006, Lozman began complaining about corrupt politicians during the public-comments portion of a council meeting. After he refused the chairwoman's order to move on to a different subject or stop speaking, a police officer arrested him. You can see the arrest in this video. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, though the charges were later dropped, reports NPR.

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