By: David Bloomberg Re: Protests (File: PROTESTS.ZIP) To: MIT.EDU!witchhunt Newspaper arti

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By: David Bloomberg Re: Protests (File: PROTESTS.ZIP) From:!!DrOnyx To: MIT.EDU!witchhunt Newspaper article, followed by comments: The Olympian Tuesday, January 10, 1995 Page C-1 * Courts Judge allows picketing * Peaceful protest: A Thurston County judge rules that "false memory" activist Chuck Noah's protests are not interfering with anyone's access into the Church of the Living Water. By Brad Shannon The Olympian A Thurston County judge refused Monday to halt "false memory" activist Chuck Noah's pickets at the Church of Living Water in southeast Olympia. Judge Paula Casey said her ruling did not mean that Noah and colleagues could not be restrained, but that she had not seen proof that pickets had interfered with anyone's access to the church which is located at 1615 Chambers St. S.E. Noah, a Seattle man who maintains his daughter was induced by a therapist to falsely accuse him of child molestation, said he now will resume his picket work at the church, the state Capitol Campus, Thurston County Courthouse and the Evergreen Sate college, where a fire last year destroyed some of his protest signs. Noah has targeted the Church of Living Water for protest because he says it is where the daughters of Paul Ingram, a former Thurston County Republican leader and top sheriff's civil deputy, first brought forth their disputed claims of ritualized sexual abuse in a bizarre case with overtones of satanic cult conspiracies. Ingram confessed to sex counts of child rape and in 1989 was sentenced to 20 years in prison. But Ingram later recanted and is now appealing his sentence. The Ingram case has become a cause celebre among those who believe false memories of sexual abuse have been implanted during therapy. A Seattle lawyer, Suzanne Taylor, volunteered to represent Noah for the American civil Liberties Union, but only on the free speech issue - not on Noah's claims about recovered memories. Taylor flatly rejected church claims that people were interfered with in their exercise of religious rights. Taylor noted there was no evidence church attendance had dropped off or that members had grounds to fear their right to reach the church sanctuary was threatened. ******************************* I'd like to make a couple of corrections, and comments from my own observations at the hearing; The lawyer 's name is Suzanne Thomas, not Taylor, and she was retained by ACLU to represent Chuck, she did not donate her time as the word "volunteer" might suggest. She was spectacular. Chuck and his cohorts speculated the folks at the church just figured that they'd slap a restraining order on, and that they'd slink off. Instead, they got determined, and skilled, resistance. The attorney for the plaintiff was probably just some Joe they had on retainer, and just wasn't prepared for what he had to face. Thomas quietly but insistently demolished his every point, and his growing discomfort, and even disorientation, was apparent. For him, it must have been like one of those dreams where you're in a public place, and you look down and you have no pants on. Though the picketers had my support, this guy definitely got my sympathy. The victory was not as equivocal as Shannon seems to suggest. As well as I could interpret the legaleze, the only thing that Thomas didn't get was for the church to foot her legal bills. I can only hope that if I ever have to go to court, I will be so well represented. Matt Love


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