Rebel of the Week: RevisitedSeptember 29th, 2010
Finally a success story to comes from our Rebels! The latest news from the Anthony Graber case has been released and Graber’s 2 felony charges have both been dropped. The Hartford County judge hearing the case has some game changing words to say about the incident:
“Those of us who are public officials and are entrusted with the power of the state are ultimately accountable to the public. When we exercise that power in public fora, we should not expect our actions to be shielded from public observation.”
The charges were thrown because recording of audio and video on public property can not be protected against according to Maryland’s state law.
For a public official to stand up and express this publicly is a grand step to holding law enforcement officials accountable as well as recognizing the rights of citizens. Although this week we are reflecting on a past Rebel and celebrating his victory over unreasonable chareges, I believe we can give the Maryland Circuit Court Judge, Emory A Pitt Jr. a big pat on the back for rightfully acknowledging the law.
Let’s hope more of our Rebels are recognized and gain sympathy from law makers, because as we all know our Rebels stand up for the rights of individuals. Hip-Hip Hooray Anthony Graber! We are very happy for you!