Democratic councilwoman tries to silence critics, judge orders her to pay their legal fees

An attempt by a Democratic politician in California to use the law to silence criticism against her has backfired.

Not only did the court dismiss the politician’s request, it also ordered her to pay hefty fees, the Washington Examiner reported

Silence opposition

Cori Schumacher, a Democratic councilwoman for the city of Carlsbad, has earned a lot of criticism for her far-left politics and is even facing a recall. Schumacher has attempted to silence two of her most vocal critics, Noel Breen and Laurence Posner — bloggers who run Facebook groups that discuss Carlsbad politics.

On one occasion, Breen and Posner highlighted public opposition to Schumacher’s proposal to create a local municipal power company.

Schumacher filed a police report and a restraining order against the men for their criticism, and the pair responded by filing a lawsuit against Schumacher, requesting that she pay their attorney’s fees, the Examiner reported.

Schumacher lost both cases. Her request for the restraining orders were denied, and she has now been ordered to pay $47,191 in attorneys fees.

“As a public official, you cannot try to shut down criticism of you by abusing and misusing the criminal process. Ms. Schumacher needs a basic refresher course in the First Amendement,” said Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky, according to the Examiner.

Punish city residents

Besides the incident that resulted in her being forced to pay a court fine, she also faced heavy backlash in the community for pushing measures that would punish businesses and residents who broke California’s draconian coronavirus restrictions.

For example, Schumacher wanted to use public funding to hire a private police force to go after people who walked together despite being from different households, according to the Examiner.

“Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher created a toxic environment in our city and must be recalled from office before more damage is done,” the recall petition reads.

It continued, “In March 2021, a Superior Court judge found Schumacher liable for harassment and retaliation against several of her constituents — and her misdeeds could now end up costing taxpayers more than $100,000 in legal fees!”

“She thought she could silence her critics and do it by force,” said Breen attorney Scott Talkov. “The court told her, ‘No, you can’t do this. This remedy is not available to you.'”

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  1. Why don’t the courts in California do the same to the governor? This nazi lockdown is just to control the people. The virus is scam. The vaccine is worse than the virus. Joe Biden will do nothing for the American people because he is not running the country its Obama, Soros and Nancy Pelosi. All should be charged with treason. Our DOJ and FBI are not going to to anything to unamerican traitors because they have become gutter rats for the democrats. Count the military out. They have become communist rats. They are making a chip to track you and see if you have been vaccined. This what are stupid people voted for. Control.

    1. It’s something about the air those idiots are breathing in California that makes them dumba**es. The sad part is some of the state leaders and leaders in Washington from California are part of mob families that use to run the state.

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  3. The supreme court’s of the United States is doing the same thing. They are standing by while allowing the leftists to walk all over our rights to free speech. Do your damn job Supreme Court before the left starts a civil war that will be your fault for not doing your job.

  4. People failed to read what the judge said in his decision. She thought she could silence her critics and do it by force,” said Breen attorney Scott Talkov. “The court told her, ‘No, you can’t do this. This remedy is not available to you.’”

    Who is able to use the remedies that were not available to this corrupt councilwoman? What entity in America is able to retrain citizens from speaking out against policies of an elected politician?

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