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9/17/2012 6:01:00 AM
Judge nixes new hearing on Kingman man's obscene T-shirt
Mervin Fried
Mervin Fried

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


A Mohave County Superior Court judge denied Mervin Fried a new hearing on his T-shirt case Tuesday.

Fried was arrested on misdemeanor trespassing charges in August 2011 after he refused to change his obscenity-laced T-shirt or leave a Board of Supervisors meeting.

Fried was convicted of the charge in February. Superior Court Judge Rick Williams upheld the conviction in early August.

Fried's attorney, Eric Engan, filed a motion at the end of August asking Williams for another hearing. He argued that Williams did not take into consideration Fried's free speech rights under the Arizona Constitution.

Williams denied the request and responded that the county had the power under state and federal law to restrict Fried's free speech rights as long as the restrictions were reasonable.

Engan said he hadn't spoken with Fried about what they might do next, but he respectfully disagreed with Williams' decision.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012
Article comment by: Remember Pitchfork is a Strong Proud REPUBLICAN

please do not group this right-wingnut with anyone in the Democratic Party. Pitchfork speaks for the Republican Party.

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Article comment by: Legitimately Illegitimate

No offense to Judge Williams in AZ Superior court but wouldn't the next logical step be for this to now go to the Arizona State Appellate Court?
Maybe even Federal Court as a contitutional violation of 1st amendment rights? Excuse my ignorance but haven’t these kinds of cases already been addressed in the US Supreme Court too?

It would be nice to get some input in this thread from local lawyers on this one.


Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Article comment by: nnp .....

some time ago, I posted a comment that Mervin should have used a different "F" word - FIGHT. That said, crimes have been committed under colour of authority in Kingman, which have not been brought to light, although they will be. At the national level, there were a couple leading opponents of the Vietnam War who became well-known for their use of the "F" word. Shame, shame? That war was based upon a pack of lies, and your Social Security fiunds were diverted to pay for it. In fact, France became so alarmed by the (American) expenditures that they began to ask that their dollar holfings be converted into gold - their right, until Nixon responded by abolishing the dollar's convertibility on August 15th 1971. We live with the results today. Maybe it gets a bit complicated for some people and their brief attention spans, and that's why some not-unintelligent people have occasionally reduced their response to the "F" word.

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: az mac

No wonder this country is in such bad shape,Very few people know the constitution and our history. I see the ones against Mervin are against the constitution. If you people want to restrict free speech then A communist country is for you. OH wait we are already a communist country. Our constitution has been almost destroyed. They can now arrest you for no reason and jail you forever or kill you with no trial. Hitler would be proud of the way most people have let this country go to pot. 100 million with no jobs in this country and that number grows everyday. Jobs that are lost forever. What few new jobs and low paying or Temp .
Not supporting the constitution is what got us into this mess.


Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: Kingman Lifer

Pitchfork came in 3rd in the election only lost by 152 votes he beat everyone that had any experience and old Joy only won by 39 votes this is Kingman. The good old boys will tell you who to vote for and they’ll tell you what to think, it is their town, get use to it.
Pitchfork, will not being going away he will be with us because he is a leader he proved that by getting all those votes.


Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: Just One Question

To all of you who say "protect my children from people like this", or "the majority of people do not want to see people like him displaying foul language..." Why is it wrong for him to wear this T-Shirt, but it's ok when women (or girls it seems) wear clothing that shows half of their private parts, and/or under garments.No one seems to be offended by that! But...the F-Word on a shirt wear there are only adults is SOOO offensive. Give me a break.

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: Warren O

Anson's Nephew (?) -

'A government entity has the power to restrict free speech? Really?'

Yes, really. Try issuing threats against the president sometime and see how free your speech is.

'“… as long as the restrictions were reasonable.” And who is the arbiter of “reasonable?” Lil Ronnie Walker ? Sleepy Tom Sockwell? Buster “MTC Employee to the Year” Johnson?'

No ... generally judges, such as Rick Williams. That's why we have judges, to make (ostensibly) impartial decisions separated from the heat of the moment, politics, etc.

It doesn't always work, but it's better than letting the mob decide - one way or the other.


Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: no way

To: (SARCASTIC) Please Run This Story One More Time, Hot Topic, No Right, justanobody sr.

Thank you, and to all who read this paper online and do not live in the area, hopefully this is not who we are. KDM please let it go.


Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: Give Up

@Hot Topic
You are so right. This guy wanted fame, got it and now doesn't understand why he is a loser! Thank goodness he didn't get elected, Mohave County is a joke because of him and some of his cronies. Wake up, the people of this County does not want Pitchfork or Bensusan in office.


Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: Just Takes My Breath Away

In all my life I've never run into an intelligent individual that could do so many right things in so many wrong ways.

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: Hot Topic

OMG, When is this idiot going to go away. In this economy he is wasting tax payers money with these court proceedings. Is he just completely lacking any common sense or common decency? Go away Mervin!

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: (SARCASTIC) Please Run This Story One More Time

Please get this wierdo off of the front page of the Kingman newspaper. There have been several stories and we are all very well-versed with his plight. Who cares??!

To summarize the past stories, he wore a vulgar t-shirt to a public meeting. He was asked to change or leave. He sued because he thought it violated his "free speech". He lost his court battle. He's looking for a second court battle. Yadda yadda yadda Sheesh! We get it already.

IMO he is wrong. Why would a grown man wear a shirt like that anyway? It's very "grade school" isn't it? Putting him on the front page repetitively makes everyone in Kingman look nuts to everyone that does not live here. Not a good community image. Surely there must be SOMETHING else in Kingman more newsworthy.


Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“(Judge)Williams denied the request and responded that the county had the power under state and federal law to restrict Fried's free speech rights as long as the restrictions were reasonable.”

A government entity has the power to restrict free speech? Really? “… as long as the restrictions were reasonable.” And who is the arbiter of “reasonable?” Lil Ronnie Walker ? Sleepy Tom Sockwell? Buster “MTC Employee to the Year” Johnson?


Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: Kingman Lifer

Our freedoms are gone when a man cannot wear a shirt he wants to a public meeting. Who cares what is on the shirt most people here cannot read here anyways. Pitchfork should be able to say, do and wear anything he wants he’s the man. He should have been elected supervisor and he would have torn down all these county slavery laws. How can we be free if everyone tells you what you can do? You know shopping at a thrift store, there is limit variety.
I pictured Pitchfork sit-in’ in the middle of all those corrupt supervisors with his bald head and his pitchfork (he needs a cape to go with the pitchfork) in his right hand like a Roman god, tearing down all those laws that we have no taxes, no more businesses, no more voting with all those signs I hate signs, carry guns, no law, no cops, no meetings we need more drinking bars that will lower beer prices, just Pitchfork the dictator he would make Kingman proud.
If Pitch didn’t like what you said he would just point to the writing on his t-shirt. We all need to get that t-shirt - my pointing finger would be sore the first 5 minutes. If Pitich got elected there would be less town, less people and less laws what is wrong with that?
We all need to be like Pitchfork quit our jobs, serve some time and run for public office it is the Kingman way!!!


Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: No Right

This man has no more right to parade around with this disgusting messge on his t-shirt than to yell FIRE in a crowded theater. Please protect my children from people like this.

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012
Article comment by: justanobody sr

OK, so his 15 seconds of fame are over, now move on, you were a failure!
I thought there were obscenity laws that did not allow stupid people to wear obscenity's in public.
either way, I'm sure the majority of people DO NOT want to see people like him displaying foul language for all to see.




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