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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 08:52 PM
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Activist arrested for registering voters at Occupy San Diego - need legal expert
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Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 08:54 PM by Liberty Belle
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego police arrested Ray Lutz, a former congressional candidate who is active in the Occupy San Diego movement, Tuesday afternoon after he set up and sat down at a voter registration table at Civic Center Plaza Tuesday afternoon. Officers making the arrest said he was cited for trespassing and refusing to leave.


I'm a journalist in San Diego. I need to interview anyone with expertise on registering voters in California. The cops just arrested the former Democratic Congressional candidate from our area for "trespassing." He was registering voters, seated at a table, in the Civic Center Plaza near Occupy San Diego. Police also took the voter registration forms.

This is public property. From what I understand, nobody else was arrested at this time -- the occupy protesters were left alone and only the man registering voters, Ray Lutz, was arrested.

My understanding is that you are legally allowed to register voters on public property, or even nonpublic property open to the public (ie shopping malls). You cannot be arrested unless you are blocking a walkway or doorway, or violate some other law.

There is a video of the arrest here: /

I would appreciate a PM from any legal experts in CA or experts on voter registration laws. Was this an illegal arrest?
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  -Activist arrested for registering voters at Occupy San Diego - need legal expert Liberty Belle  Nov-29-11 08:52 PM   #0 
  - K&R  Pab Sungenis   Nov-29-11 08:56 PM   #1 
  - This is the most outrageous event of the year !  lumpy   Nov-29-11 09:01 PM   #2 
  - Wow, of all the cops, what are the odds a corrupt one shows up? nt  ZombieHorde   Nov-29-11 09:15 PM   #3 
  - Whaaat!?!?!  Juneboarder   Nov-29-11 09:17 PM   #4 
  - k&r  aquart   Nov-29-11 09:33 PM   #5 
  - Excessive info here, but you're better sorting thru what you need than I.  elleng   Nov-29-11 09:40 PM   #6 
  - K & R to resist intimidation and suppressing the vote. Where are TPs on voting? Huh?  freshwest   Nov-29-11 09:42 PM   #7 
  - This is what police states do  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-29-11 09:59 PM   #8 
  - He can't run against Hunter anyhow; redistricting put him in another district.  Liberty Belle   Nov-29-11 10:29 PM   #9 
  - Respectfully, I would not take the word of a message board poster, whether or not that poster  No Elephants   Nov-29-11 11:29 PM   #10 
  - I would always check out any poster claiming to be a lawyer.  Liberty Belle   Nov-29-11 11:38 PM   #11 
  - I'm not a lawyer but a couple of cases that might perhaps be of interest are  struggle4progress   Nov-30-11 12:00 AM   #13 
     - Thanks, I knew about Pruneyard but hadn't seen the other.  Liberty Belle   Nov-30-11 12:49 PM   #18 
  - Thanks, that recommendation was from me, a lawyer!  elleng   Nov-30-11 12:25 PM   #15 
  - As far as I know any citizen can witness and register any other citizens ...  defendandprotect   Nov-30-11 12:00 AM   #12 
  - more detail re CA law can be found here:  struggle4progress   Nov-30-11 12:01 AM   #14 
  - Kicked and recommended.  Uncle Joe   Nov-30-11 12:30 PM   #16 
  - Belle, this is big news, made it to Rachel's blog!  elleng   Nov-30-11 12:37 PM   #17 
  - K&R  pinboy3niner   Nov-30-11 01:15 PM   #19 

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