Jeff Olson, a 40-year-old activist in San Diego, faces up to 13 years in jail—and $13,000 in fines—on several counts of vandalism.
Because he wrote anti-bank slogans outside Bank of America—in washable chalk. On the sidewalk.
The bank pressured the city attorney, who pressed charges. Before the case went to trial, the city attorney prosecuting the case successfully motioned to block Olson from arguing a First Amendment defense.
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- Finally, Someone Is Going To Jail For What The Banks Did! (wonkette.com)
- Man May Go to Prison for 13 Years for Chalking Anti-Bank of America Graffiti on Sidewalk (reason.com)
- San Diego’s Chalk-Gate: City Attorney Goldsmith’s Waste of Money, Gag Orders and Movement to Recall Judge Shore (obrag.org)
- San Diego City Attorneys Attempt To Give A Man 13 Years For Criticizing Bank Of America (personalliberty.com)