Glen Allen Completes Briefing In His Fourth Circuit Appeal In The Allen v. Beirich And SPLC Case

Glen Allen Completes Briefing In His Fourth Circuit Appeal In The Allen v. Beirich And SPLC Case

On May 11, 2020, Glen Allen, responding to the SPLC’s brief in opposition to his opening brief, filed his reply brief in further support of his appeal.  In his reply brief, Allen castigated the SPLC Defendants for improperly citing matters outside the appellate record in their opposition brief by seeking to introduce newspaper articles and articles written by the SPLC…

FEF Provides Monetary Grant To Parents Of Jacob Goodwin

FEF Provides Monetary Grant To Parents Of Jacob Goodwin

Jacob Goodwin attended the Charlottesville demonstrations as a pro-monument demonstrator.  At some point in the melee, Goodwin, along with other persons, kicked a counterprotester several times.  He should not have done this.  But the sentence he received after a subsequent prosecution – eight years in prison in Virginia – was grossly disproportionate, given that the counterprotester’s injuries from the kicks…

Glen Allen Files Opening Brief In His Appeal From Dismissal Of His Lawsuit Against The SPLC

Glen Allen Files Opening Brief In His Appeal From Dismissal Of His Lawsuit Against The SPLC

On February 14, 2020, Glen Allen, who has received financial aid from FEF, filed his initial brief in his appeal from Judge Blake’s dismissal of his complaint against Heidi Beirich, Mark Potok, and the SPLC.  Allen presented a number of arguments for reversal of the district court’s decision.  Included among them were that: the court failed properly to take into…

Oral Argument Held In Fourth Circuit Miselis Appeal

Oral Argument Held In Fourth Circuit Miselis Appeal

On January 31, 2020, Glen Allen, as an observer, on behalf of FEF attended oral argument in the Fourth Circuit Miselis appeal.  He noted that the Chief Judge, Judge King, seemed hostile to the RAM defendants, that Judge Rushing asked virtually no questions, but that Judge Diaz did pose several pointed questions to both sides.  He commented that it was…

FEF Allowed To File Second Amicus Brief By Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals

FEF Allowed To File Second Amicus Brief By Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals

Although amicus curiae parties are rarely permitted to file two amicus briefs in an appeal, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has accorded FEF this unusual distinction.  On January 9, 2020, the Fourth Circuit allowed FEF to file a second amicus brief – FEF’s reply amicus brief – in the United States v. Miselis Rise Above Movement appeal.  In its…

Glen Allen Files Notice of Appeal From District Court’s Dismissal Of His Complaint Against SPLC

Glen Allen Files Notice of Appeal From District Court’s Dismissal Of His Complaint Against SPLC

On December 10, 2019, Glen Allen filed a timely notice of appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals from the Maryland District Court’s dismissal of his complaint against the SPLC and two of its officers, Heidi Beirich and Mark Potok.

Maryland District Court Dismisses Glen Allen’s Complaint Against SPLC; Allen Will Appeal

Maryland District Court Dismisses Glen Allen’s Complaint Against SPLC; Allen Will Appeal

On November 13, 2019, Judge Katherine Blake dismissed Glen Allen’s complaint against Heidi Beirich and the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Allen had filed his complaint in the federal court in December 2018., alleging nine counts, including claims under the Racketeer and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) statute and common law claims for tortious interference and defamation.  After the SPLC defendants moved to…

FEF Files Amicus Brief In Fourth Circuit RAM Case

FEF Files Amicus Brief In Fourth Circuit RAM Case

On October 8, 2019, FEF filed an amicus brief in the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the Rise Above Movement defendants who had been prosecuted under the Anti-Riot Act for their participation in the Charlottesville, Virginia, Unite the Right Rally.  At the trial court, the defendants, under intense pressure and in difficult prison conditions, had agreed…

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