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8/29/2010 6:00:00 AM
Fried seeks dismissal of trespassing charge

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - A Kingman man is fighting to have a trespassing charge filed against him by Mohave County dismissed. Eric Engan, the attorney for Mervin Fried, filed a motion to dismiss trespassing charges against his client on Aug. 20.

Fried was arrested and charged with trespassing on Feb. 16 when he entered the County Administration Building with a pitchfork after attending a protest outside.

According to court documents, County Manager Ron Walker told Engan that a rule governing conduct within the Board of Supervisors chamber allowed him to ask Fried not to enter the building with the pitchfork.

Engan argues in the motion that the rule only applies within the Board chambers not to the entire building. He also pointed out that Walker allowed people with guns into the building.

Walker argued that Fried entering the building with a pitchfork was a disturbance and could create a danger to others in the building.

Engan countered that county policies give Walker control over county employees, not over the public, and he can't stop public access to the building. Fried did not unlawfully enter the county building because he is a member of the public entering a public building during normal business hours, his attorney wrote.

"Perhaps Mr. Fried had county-related business - which, in fact, he would testify that he did. Perhaps Mr. Fried was interested in the fact that the building has won awards for energy efficiency. Perhaps Mr. Fried was interested in its architecture. Perhaps Mr. Fried just wanted to see the fine structure that Mr. Fried's tax dollars helped build," Engan wrote in his motion.

Engan also pointed out that Fried did nothing to block public access to the building and did not interfere with county business in any other way.

Walker's argument that his authority as manager of the county's risk management program allows him to control access to the building is also unfounded, Engan said.

A reading of the policy only gives Walker the authority to manage the program, he said. It also directs him to bring any possible regulation of the public to the Board first.

A hearing date to discuss Engan's motion to dismiss has not been set.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010
Article comment by: M. Disgusted

I entered the Mohave County Bldg. to pay my property taxes and had to give up my purse and get scanned. What an insult? I pay their wages...what right do they have to do this to the taxpayers of Mohave County? I hope and pray that this harrassment ends soon...they the supervisors are disgusting! Who gave them the power to do this to the general public we are the taxpayers???

Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010
Article comment by: nnp nnp

There are serious issues to be addressed here, and the pitchfork gives critics an opportunity to ridicule genuine concerns - such as Luca Zanna's being expelled from the premises earlier for trying to make people aware of Senator John McCain's voting record, such as the local criminal justice system's for-profit incarceration of citizens, such as allegations of illegal law enforcement home break-ins, such as Ron Walker's sense of entitlement to contact employers of dissidents and enforce middle school-type dress codes on adults. I support Mervin out of necessity if he broke no law, but having been there last February 16th, standing 5 feet away while he was arrested, I wish he had left the thing in his car after speaking.

Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010
Article comment by: Dee Dee Smith

The one NOT man-ning up is Mr Walker! Had he apologized, or zipped his lip, in the first place, the County might have had one less lawsuit!!
The mold in the new Admin Building has already caused employees to be sick, "allergic" to the building, rashes, infections, breathing problems, some can't work in that building any longer because it makes them ill. Has Mr Walker offered any help to them?! Maybe pay the medical bills? At least ACKNOWLEDGE the problems and employees that are sick because of the mold. Maybe Mr Walker and Risk Management should move their office(s) to the ground floor?!


Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010
Article comment by: desert rat

@Patriot Wes - We know how he got in this predicament, just not why. If he is going to assert that he has a constitutional right to bear arms and the pitchfork was his choice of arms that day because, like the villagers in an old horror movie, he can't afford a firearm, I don't think it will fly.

Even if he had some sort of protective sheath over the sharp tines of the pitchfork you still run into obstacles Is it then an armament or a farm tool? If it is an arm then clearly it falls into the same range as a firearm, but without the edict that the County has to provide secure storage.

If it is a farm tool, it is certainly a dangerous one, with unsheathed tines, and poses a possible threat to public health. There is little real justifieable reason for a farm implement in the Admin Building unless accompanied by a wheelbarrow and a request for a whole bunch of paperwork.

That's why the reasons for his attempting to carry an unsheathed pitchfork into the Administration Building needs to be at least as creative as the reasons presented by his attorney for his wanting to be there in the first place.

"Guilty, your Honor", $200 later and I'm outta there. Man up or not.

@Seemore - get a life. If you know so much about me, make your accusations or charges or whatever and we'll see where it leads. If not, you ought to quit playing the fool.


Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010
Article comment by: Glad to be gone from Kingman

This is a joke. Fried and the rest of his Nazi/Minutman Men or whatever they want to be called are a joke. This article is BS. Fried was blocking access to the building while he stood blocking the double doors arguing his nonsense point about having a CCW and his pitchfork being on a sling. He did not enter the building to see any design, he entered to cause a disturbance that is why 1 min prior to entering he was on a mega phone giving a speech to his followers as to what he was going to do, which I might ad is actually posted on you tube (nice try). How about you try that BS at the County Building in Las Vegas and see how long it takes to get your butt locked up. You say Mohave County bla bla bla. Get on track with the rest of civilization, this happens no where else. Luca-Fried and the rest of his conspirators are causing grief for the rest of the citizens that were actually at the County building that day and scared citizens away, I even saw a mother and child running from the doors as Fried was causing his scene. You can keep the ignorance and good ridden.

Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010
Article comment by: Patriot WES

@ Desert Rat and the rest,
There were no laws in existence at the time this took place saying he couldn't carry a pitchfork into the building. I was at this meeting and there were at least 20 holstered guns in the room and a pitchfork is more dangerous than a gun how? It's typical Ron Walker B.S. " If you don't like my rules and laws, take them to court and change them!"


Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Article comment by: desert rat

@ Fried is manning up! - Good comment. We disagree on a couple of points but, why else post?

Mr. Fried's attorney seems to be putting emphasis on the reason that Mr. Fried wanted to enter the County Administration Building. I think that it may have been the most legit reason in the world but there has to be an accompanying rationale for carrying a dangerous implement into that particular public place.I really feel that is the weakness of the case - there is no compelling reason for a pitchfork in an office building.

Ron Walker, as the chief administration officer for the County, has a responsibility to protect, to the best of his ability, the safety of the visitors and employees in the County owned building. If Mr. Walker explained to Mr. Fried in a rational, polite fashion the reasoning for excluding his pitchfork, and asked him to leave it outside of the building, a refusal and attempt to enter the building by Mr. Fried is trespassing.

Other than that, you are very correct. Mr. Fried is putting his money where his mouth is. I would not have gone this far, I think he could have made just as much of a point by pleading guilty, pay $200, and go home. He has to have better than $3,000 in this by now. I can think of better ways to blow that much money.


Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Article comment by: Fight 4 Your Rights

@ Laws of the West Rule Kingman
You wrote:
"@Patriot Wes - Even on Principle, he should know when to Man-Up and take responsibility."

Looks to me like Mr. Fried is doing just that!


Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Article comment by: Fried is Manning UP!

@Laws of the West....

Mr. Fried IS MANNING UP! He is taking a stand not only for himself, but for every person in Mohave County who has had to live under the Walker Regime of tyranny. Sounds like you have had your own ride on the Mohave County Merry-Go-Round of injustice and didn't have the guts to stand up for yourself so you attack someone who is? Let the courts decide and if Ron Walker has overstepped his authority then it is the county's responsibility for hiring and keeping him on the payroll to repay Mr. Fried for any infringement upon his civil rights as well as his rights guaranteed by the US Constitution that Ron Walker, a paid representative of Mohave County infringed upon. If our county manager would do this to just one person among us, then he would do it to ANY of us without hesitation. And if we continue to tolerate it then we deserve what we get!

@Desert Rat-It doesn't matter what Mr. Fried's business was at the county building as long as it was LEGAL! He is a tax payer and he is a member of the public who was denied access, which is his right, LEGALLY sans pitchfork or not. If Ron Walker was arrogant enough to be baited into wrongfully arresting Mr. Fried, then that is on Ron Walker and Mohave County for keeping him employed, NOT Mr. Fried!

As far as the dress code and other babble that everyone seems so distracted by, these people, the Board of Supervisors AND SPECIFICALLY the county manager work for you! Why are you putting up with this? How many lawsuits are you going to pay out on before you GET IT?!


Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Article comment by: Laws of the West Rule Kingman

@Patriot Wes - Even on Principle, he should know when to Man-Up and take responsibility.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Article comment by: Patriot WES

@ Laws of the West,
Have you ever heard of PRINCIPLE? It would be interesting to see what you would do in the same situation!


Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Article comment by: Seemore Junk

Hey Rat:

I think you have been bitten by to many Rat Mites. I think we should all give you a new name, Rat-tlebrain.


Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: Laws of the West Rule Kingman

I've lived in this town going on 7 years and it you haven't caught on yet this is the fact:

Kingmanites who run Kingman, live by the old laws of the west. They will file charges on those they want to set examples of, who speak out in truth against them, whether guilty or innocent they will protect their own. Court hearings on cases are heard in judges chambers before the case isn't heard. How do I know this, I've been there, and the Judge let something slip that I said to the other party's witness in private, and not on a Court document. I can see why the man was never prosecuted.

Mr. Fried had a bone to pick, and knew he was pushing things to the fine line. He was trying to make a statment that led to this legal battle. It Court documents and statements sound like two children arguing. I can't imagine why Mr. Engan is making a public embarrassment of himself by taking this case times must be tough even for attorneys. I wonder how much this whole deal is going to cost Mr. Fried in legal fee's. It must be nice to have money to burn nowadays but wait in the 1800's we bartered and exchanged goods for services? Why doesn't Mr. Fried man-up and take responsibility for his actions just like the rest of us have when we're back in the corner and are getting shafted for exercising our First Amendment.

If this does go to Court, I'm hoping the Judge will slap him with paying maximun fines and penalties to re-pay the county for wasting its time on its legal costs. And when this is all over, the Miner will have to find something else more news worthy to waste front page space on.


Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: No name No retaliation

Why is it that employees within the building report MOLD that is not being taken care of?
If Walker was so interested in RISK MANAGEMENT he would listen to the complaints about this problem!
Oh I forgot Walker Thinks he is KING WALKER.
Yes he wrote the illegal rule on guns, HE SHOULD BE FIRED!
I have to look up the trespass law in AZ.,
if it is this strict we need to send King Walker down to the border so he can arrest all the illegals!
Ya that is a snoot full, go get um Fried!


Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: desert rat

Another example of Golden Folly-ism run amok.
Mr. Fried's reasons for having a pitchfork strapped to his back should be even more creative than the purported reasons for being at the building in the first place.


Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: nnp nnp

let's all keep in mind that Ron Walker immorally contacted Mervin Fried's employer for the purpose - according to media reports - of setting im up for trouble on a fraudulent basis. This, on top of the tremendous pressures and financial effects of an arrest, was a contemptible act on the part of the County Manager and should, of itself, constitute grounds for dismissal of the case, not to mention a lawsuit.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: MoreCorruptSheriffsOffice duran

Walker is a true tyrant. His family should be proud of his accomplishments and his sneaky under the table dealings.Anonymous calls to the sheriffs office, to the employers of opponents of county politics. What kind of person does crap like that? Fire Walker or be fired yourself.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: Citizen Woody

I think we should outlaw walker...

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: just me

i just saw something i just couldnt help but relate to the county dress code as it applies to the PUBLIC entering the county building. I just saw a picture of Mrs. Obama wearing a very nice sun dress. Due to the width of the Straps she would not have been allowed into the county building.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010
Article comment by: m h

"Perhaps Mr. Fried had county-related business - which, in fact, he would testify that he did. Perhaps Mr. Fried was interested in the fact that the building has won awards for energy efficiency. Perhaps Mr. Fried was interested in its architecture. Perhaps Mr. Fried just wanted to see the fine structure that Mr. Fried's tax dollars helped build," Engan wrote in his motion."
Sounds to me like Mr. Fried's lawyer is a little bit on the shady side, but again maybe this is getting to be a whole bunch of bull-pucky....


Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010
Article comment by: Golden Valley Lib

Fried, Keep up the good work.

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010
Article comment by: az mac

I am thinking we should outlaw all pitchforks as they are a danger to people. I think we should outlaw any thing that can or could hurt people. Better yet lets just outlaw any thing we dislike. Wait it is already being done all over the country.



Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010
Article comment by: Patriot WES

Another embarrassment for County Manager Ron Walker. His ego is so big that he can make up rules and laws as he goes along and if you don't like them, take him to court to change them. These are the words of Mr. Walker! Does anybody see what's wrong with this picture?

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010
Article comment by: P- Rod

You go Fried and good luck!



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