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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

ACLU joins suit by rave organizers

New Utah, UT

The organizers of last month's rave-turned-raid say they got a boost Monday when the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah announced it was joining the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of law enforcement's actions.

Brian Barnard, attorney for concert promoters Brandon Fullmer and Nick Mari and landowner Trudy Childs, said joining forces with the ACLU would
help the lawsuit in several ways.

"One is that that means we have more resources to prepare the case and present the case," he said. "The other thing is that a national organization is taking note of what good old Sheriff Tracy is doing and questioning the way these two raids were handled."

The lawsuit was filed Sept. 20 against Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy and one of his officers, the county commissioners, Utah County Attorney Kay Bryson and Utah County. It alleges illegal search and seizure and violations of the plaintiffs' right to be secure on their property, due process and freedom of association and free expression.

The lawsuit addresses two parties, both on 350 acres of land in Spanish Fork Canyon. The Aug. 20 concert was broken up by numerous law enforcement officials. Dozens of people were arrested on various charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor,
resisting arrest, drug possession and disorderly conduct. Childs also was arrested.

A similar concert on July 16, which was planned by a member of the Childs family, also was broken up by law enforcement. Barnard said no reason was given for this party to be shut down.


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