California Man Could Face Decade In Jail For Writing Anti-Bank Slogans In Chalk

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The local government is acting on instructions from a “high-ranking bank security manager.” KMFB San Diego reports:

A North Park man is looking at more than a decade behind bars for using washable chalk to protest the banking industry. Jeff Olson is being charged with 13 counts of vandalism for writing anti-bank slogans on sidewalks outside three Bank of America branches.

A surveillance camera caught Olson in the act, writing on the sidewalk in front of a Bank of America in North Park. Olson admits it: “I wrote ‘No thanks big banks,’ I wrote ‘Shame on Bank of America,'” he said.

But the city attorney’s office — after receiving multiple emails from a high ranking bank security manager — decided to charge Olson with 13 counts of misdemeanor vandalism.

Olson’s attorney argued in motions Tuesday morning that this is free speech written in easily cleanable chalk, but Judge Howard Shore disagreed, saying this case has nothing to do with free speech.

  • VoxMagi

    Shouldn’t be too long before actual speech that defames a bank is illegal…we seem to be doing away with everything up to that already.

    • kowalityjesus

      This guy rocks!!!

      In order to make their thing work, they need to hammer down nails as soon as they pop up. Hopefully one day soon, there will be too many aberrant nails to keep up with.

  • Charlie Primero

    In 2008 Superior Court Judge Howard Shore won the election because nobody ran against him.

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    Must be one of those “Advocacy Journalism” deals.

  • Anarchy Pony

    The bank claims it cost them $6000 to clean off the chalk. So what I wanna know is: Did they pay hookers to lick it off?

    • InfvoCuernos

      I don’t know, paying hookers to lick a sidewalk in North Park is pretty expensive. At a guess, they probably used cheap immigrant tranny hookers if it just cost $6000. Real high class hookers would have cost more than that.

      • Anarchy Pony


  • InfvoCuernos

    We shouldn’t be surprised at this. Still, pretty flagrant violation of the 1st.

  • zolaris

    Time for the jury to do some much needed nullifyin’.

  • Haystack

    In America you’re allowed to criticize to government, just not the people who run it.

  • Anarchy Pony

    How much did the bank pay you to clean the sidewalk?

  • InAwe

    The judge is right about one thing..
    It’s not about Free Speech anymore.

  • rhetorics_killer

    ” this case has nothing to do with free speech.”

    No less but sacrilege. In Gold We Trust, etc etc.. Free speech shall be restrained for not conflicting with banking. Why is there not a constitutional amendment proclaiming something like ‘banking is an absolute and indefeasible right; it shall have no force opposing its aim.’

  • Jl Guy

    The judge should be hung and the banker should be gang raped in prison.

    • Andrew

      What if the banker’s a woman?

      • Jl Guy

        Female prison.