Dec 9, 2005

Court Grants City Temporary Restraining Order

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Left: Bill White listens to Judge Osowik's decision

(Toledo, OH) Lucas County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Osowik, citing a “compelling government interest for maintaining peace in the neighborhoods,” granted the city of Toledo a temporary restraining order and injunction against members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) and counter-protest groups.

The action will limit demonstrations to the area near One Government Center.

Police will now be able to arrest groups who demonstrate outside the official rally areas.

Bill White, a spokesperson for the NSM as well as a named defendant in the case, took issue with the court’s decision.

“This whole injunction is a fraud upon the court based upon a denial of due process rights,” said White. “NSM members are not committing crimes in Toledo neighborhoods, yet we are the ones being singled out for police action.”

Speaking for a coalition of counter-protesters was Luke Massie, who said plans for tomorrow’s rally have not changed.

“We don’t believe racists should be allowed to organize militias for racist attacks in Toledo,” he said of the NSM. “The people of Toledo are overwhelmingly in support of standing up against this rally.”

The court testimony brought to light one of the reasons why the city sought the emergency action. Police Chief Mike Navarre testified that NSM member Mark Martin, of Covington, OH, made statements about the groups plans to deviate from the rally plan.

“Martin indicated to me that if things weren’t done the way that he wanted, he would march down the streets,” said Navarre. “He wanted us to separate the different groups of counter – protesters into separate zones. If the counter-protesters were not separated, then the NSM would march through the neighborhoods.”

Navarre also testified that intelligence gathered by federal authorities indicated a strong likelihood of fires being set in abandoned houses, as well as a strong likelihood of an organized response by Toledo gangs if the NSM marched into neighbors.

Violators of the court order may be found in contempt of court, and can be fined up to $25,000 a day for their offense.

18 comments:

willow said...

Well hot damn!! Tomorrow should prove to be interesting shouldn't it.

historymike said...

Yes, Tony. I'll have at least two more posts tonight; this was a short article for the Toledo Free Press website that I decided to double-post.

Lisa Renee said...

The revelation about Mark Martin was interesting. It is no surprise that Bill is still trying to claim this only affects the NSM though when it's obvious it was more than that.

:-)

willow said...

Good deal. Can't wait to read them.

I have been working on a story as well in my usual fashion. I take the court docs and rip them to shreds. The only problem I'm having is that Bill White has said so many things that are so out in left field its hard to pick which lies to use and often times I end up with a 30 page story. Such is life I guess. I also include the actual document word for word so as they can't say I made it up. Well they do that anyway but I sleep better at night. LOL

willow said...

I read the court's memorandum last night and it does list Mark Martin as one of the reasons for them bringing suit which does not surprise me whatsoever. By the way, was Martin in court?

historymike said...

No, Martin was not.

More on Martin in a bit...

historymike said...

Ron Riehl was in court, along with at least one unnamed skinhead.

Mr. Schwartz said...

I think this ruling harms the antifa more than the nazis who had no intention of marching in North Toledo this time in the first place.

I still expect a low turnout of nazis and a high turnout of protestors and cops, and nothing is going to happen this time.

White will claim the cops were preventing nazis from coming and that will be his spin on the low nazi turnout tomorrow.

Let's hope so.

Mr. Schwartz said...

Mark E Martin - 23 page long rap sheet and that just includes Miami County, Ohio Municipal Court Records. DOB: 5-3-1963

http://www.co.miami.oh.us/pa/index.htm

His arrests and convictions include.

DWI - multiple times
Drug possession
breaking and entering
assault
driving under suspension
public intoxication
speeding tickets.

willow said...

Thanks Harry, that will come in handy tonight. Damn this story is going to be long.

Mike, can't wait to see what you write, its always a good read.

Do said...

Harry - you left out the trafficking in cocaine charge.

Just the kind of guy a girl wants to take home to momma.

I watched Bill White on the film clips provided on TV and he certainly started out looking rather smug, then in another clip he was fighting a total burst of rage. It's all in the eyes...

Elmer Frazier said...

Damn, the Nigger Lovers are having a big Ex-Lax party compliments of Harry Schwartzo.

BrianMaxson said...

Elmer, do you toss Bill's salad with that mouth?

BrianMaxson said...

I wonder if it's too late to get some nails and hammers and wood and paint to construct a faux downtown, with the faux police and faux citizenry, as they did in Blazing Saddles, to thwart this fiasco?

I just know they'd fall for it.

historymike said...

Great imagery, Brian.

We need Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder to help out the city right about now.

nazi_killer_12_10_05 said...

...from the church across the street

BrianMaxson said...

You're kidding, right? With that mentality, genius, you'd expect us to believe that while the demonstration is happening, there may be another incident occuring in another part of the city?

well, I would think that avenue has already been travelled on, Lee Harvey Dumbass.

Hooda Thunkit said...

”Police Chief Mike Navarre testified that NSM member Mark Martin, of Covington, OH, made statements about the groups plans to deviate from the rally plan.

“Martin indicated to me that if things weren’t done the way that he wanted, he would march down the streets,” said Navarre. “He wanted us to separate the different groups of counter – protesters into separate zones. If the counter-protesters were not separated, then the NSM would march through the neighborhoods.”


Sounds like Mark Martin (a Joker in this here card game) just trumped Bill White.

With a thinly veiled threat such as this (and totally in keeping with the NSM’s “performance on their last visit), kind makes it a little easier for Judge Osowik to rule the way he did.

(Most) Judges aren’t stupid…