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Seriously Pissed Off Grannies Win Again!
Paul Loney, Stephanie Englesman and Katy Daly emerged victorious in defending protester rights on 26 January 2009 in Multnomah County trial court.
Their clients, Two Raging Grannies and One Raging Gramps, were on trial for visiting Earl Blumenauer's office in a way only Seriously Pissed Off Grannies and Gramps can. Oddly, Earl refused to act on the grannies' request to impeach George W. Bush.
The State of Oregon charged the three with Interfering with Pedestrian Traffic and Interfering with a Police Officer. Judge Philbrook granted the defense's motions for judgment of acquittal on the pedestrian traffic charge, and ruled the defendants were not guilty on the interfering with police charge.
Paul Loney called this "a great win," and pointed out how impressed he was with Judge Philbrook's masterful consideration of all legal arguments.
This legal defense was an action the Portland National Lawyers Guild's Protester Project, with lawyers obtained with assistance from the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. "The NLG's Protester Project has not lost a protester defense in four years," said Stu Sugarman of the Protester Project. "We could not achieve this success without clients who are willing to fight and brilliant, pro bono lawyers willing to help them." Paul Loney added "the seriously Pissed off Grannies remain undefeated and are now 4-0 in trial court."