Federal judge dismisses 1st Amendment complaints against county

 

By Jim Seckler

Mohave Valley Daily News

A federal judge ruled against two Golden Valley men who filed civil complaints two years ago against Mohave County after a 2009 town hall.

The judge denied ruling on a civil suit against Mohave County filed in August 2010 by Luca Zanna and his wife, Bridget Langston-Zanna. Zanna filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Phoenix against Mohave County, District 1 Sup. Gary Watson, District 2 Sup. Tom Sockwell, District 3 Sup. Buster Johnson, Mohave County Manager Ron Walker and Mohave Civil County Attorney Bill Ekstrom.

Jim Kanelos of Golden Valley also filed a similar complaint in federal court in May 2010 against the county, the supervisors, Walker and Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith.

Zanna and Kanelos claimed their First Amendment rights were violated at a Nov. 13, 2009, town hall meeting held at the administration building in Kingman and hosted by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona. Zanna claims his rights were violated when county officials refused to allow him to distribute flyers on McCain’s voting record at the town hall meeting.

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