Namazi’s attorney files motion to dismiss restraining order case, alleges it infringes on freedom of speech

Northglenn Thornton Sentinel: The attorney for Dariush Namazi, who is facing efforts to make a temporary restraining order filed against him by Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann permanent, filed a motion to dismiss the case on July 7.

“I am not aware of any prior instance, at least since the Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791, where a Mayor has sought an injunction prohibiting one of her constituents from having ‘any contact’ with her,” wrote Namazi’s attorney Steve Zansberg in an email. “To describe this as an extremely dangerous precedent would be a gross understatement.”

Zansberg, who is a well-known first amendment attorney in Colorado, also serves as counsel for Colorado Community Media.

The motion says the effort to make the temporary restraining order permanent is a “textbook SLAPP,” which is a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. Instead of Kulmann telling her constituents that Namazi’s alter ego was a fraud, she pursued the order to silence him, it alleges.

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