Monday, September 10, 2012

Case of man arrested for disrupting public meeting to be heard tomorrow

Update:  The Tinton Falls Municipal Court advised me on 10/09/12 that Mahedy was found "not guilty."  See disposition here.
According to Megan Thomas, Administrator of the Tinton Falls (Monmouth County) Municipal Court, State v. Tom Mahedy will be heard at noon on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in the municipal courtroom at 556 Tinton Avenue, Tinton Falls.

Mr. Mahedy was arrested for disorderly conduct at the December 21, 2011 public meeting of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) when he refused to leave the podium during the public comment period.  According to a December 29, 2011 article in the Hub (see link below), FMERA Chairman James Gorman called police after Mahedy allegedly failed to keep his comments brief and on agenda items only.  According to the article, Gorman also required Mahedy to "not repeat anything you have said and has been addressed at prior meetings.”

The police officer allegedly gave Mahedy a chance to avoid arrest if he left the meeting room.  After he reportedly cried “I have studied this [Memorandum of Agreement] for hours! I have a right to speak" he was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

The article is on-line here.

The public is welcome to attend and observe the hearing. Those who wish to attend may want to call Administrator Thomas at 732-542-3400 X 201 the morning of the hearing to insure that it hasn't been postponed.

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