TCPalm by Joshua Solomon
October 15, 2019
Environmentalist Maggy Hurchalla, on the hook for $4.4 million from a 2018 court ruling, will seek a new decision from the state Supreme Court. The case, her high-profile supporters argue, is a referendum on free speech and the right to challenge the government.
“If not corrected, the decision will bring a catastrophic sea change in the law and chill — and more likely stifle — citizen communication with elected representatives,” wrote Stuart attorney Gary Oldehoff in a friend-of-the-court brief.
He is filing on behalf of the First Amendment Foundation, the Florida Chapter of the League of Women Voters, Florida Press Association, Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and 1000 Friends of Florida.
Earlier this month Hurchalla filed with the Florida Supreme Court after the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal this summer denied her attempt to reverse a Circuit Court jury verdict that she interfered in a contract between Martin County and the owners of the Lake Point rock quarries.