Judge dis­misses naked vi­o­lin­ist’s claims

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment -

PORT­LAND — A fed­eral judge has dis­missed a nude pro­tester’s claim that po­lice vi­o­lated his rights by ar­rest­ing him while he played vi­olin stark-naked out­side the fed­eral court­house in Port­land.

matthew T. mglej of Hills­boro, Ore­gon, sued the Port­land po­lice and the county last Jan­uary, seek­ing $1.1 mil­lion in dam­ages. The 26-year-old was ar­rested for in­de­cent ex­po­sure in may 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to The Ore­go­nian (http://bit. ly/1nbf­vak), the judge said mglej’s nu­dity didn’t ad­vance a spe­cific mes­sage, so it wasn’t pro­tected by ei­ther the First Amend­ment or the state con­sti­tu­tion.

The judge al­lowed one al­le­ga­tion of ex­ces­sive force against mult­nomah County to pro­ceed to trial. mglej claimed jail deputies cut his wrists by jerk­ing on his hand­cuffs.

County at­tor­neys ar­gued mglej re­fused to fol­low di­rec­tions once in jail and he didn’t com­plain of in­juries at the time.

— AP

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