Howd V. Minton

State of Fla. v. Robert S. Minton
Bob Minton was provoked at the end of a stressful day and poked at a Scientology security guard with the edge of his picket sign. The guard, Richard Howd, crumpled to the ground in a very elaborate fall. The state pressed assault charges against Bob.


Hearing Transcript – Part One – November 29, 1999
Hearing Transcripts – Part Two – November 29, 1999
Hearing Transcripts – Part Three – November 29, 1999
Cornell Law Review article on picketing – November, 1999 (PDF 4.41 megs)
First Injunction ruling – December 2, 1999 (PDF with exhibits – 3 megs)
Hearing Transcript – February 7, 2000
Hearing Transcript – February 9, 2000
Order regarding stripes on Watterson St and adding the LMT, Mark Bunker, Jesse Prince and Grady Ward to injunction – February 15, 2000
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CvJTYFmrhA[/youtube]
Police letter to Jeff Jacobsen regarding Watterson Street – February 16, 2000 (PDF – 201k)
Order clarifying temporary injunction – driving through stripes – February 25, 2000 (PDF – 296k)
Police memorandum regarding Watterson Street – March 2000 (PDF – 365k)
Order on State’s motion in Limine – May 17, 2000 (PDF 3.20 megs)
Trial Transcripts – Day One – Opening arguments – May 22, 2000
Trial Transcripts – Day One – Jury selection – May 22, 2000
Trial Transcripts – Day One – Richard Howd’s Testimony – May 22, 2000
Trial Transcripts – Day Two – Frank Oliver’s Testimony – May 23, 2000 (or in PDF 7.02 megs)
Trial Transcripts – Day Two – Bob Minton’s Testimony – May 23, 2000
Trial Transcripts – Day Two – Closing arguments and verdict – May 23, 2000

Hearing Transcript Pt. 3 – Nov. 29, 1999

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1 Focused picketing is when you started
2 to direct your message to the people who
3 were seeking abortions, which is
4 constitutionally protected activity in this
5 country. And what do they do? They’re
6 targeting their message at the
7 Scientologists. He’s not trying to tell the
8 citizens of Clearwater his message. He’s
9 trying to tell the Scientologists and he’s
10 trying to provoke them. So he’s focusing
11 his picketing on his unprotected speech on
12 them as well. Continue reading “Hearing Transcript Pt. 3 – Nov. 29, 1999”

Hearing Transcript – February 7, 2000

                      IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL
                      CIRCUIT IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
                                CASE NO. 99-7430-CI-08
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                                                      :
              RICHARD W. HOWD, JR.,                   :
                                                      :
                                                      :
                                   Petitioner,        :
                                                      :
              vs.                                     :
                                                      :
              ROBERT S. MINTON, JR.,                  :
                                                      :
                                   Respondent.        :
              ----------------------------------------x
                   BEFORE:       The Honorable THOMAS E. PENICK, JR.
                   PLACE:        ST. PETERSBURG JUDICIAL BUILDING
                                 545 First Avenue North
                                 St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
                   DATE:         February 07, 2000
                   TIME:         1:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.
                   REPORTED BY:  DEBORAH M. WILLIAMS
                                 Court Reporter
                                 Sixth Judicial Circuit
                                 Notary Public, State of Florida
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                            MOTION FOR CLARIFICATION
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Hearing Transcript – February 9, 2000

                      IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL
                      CIRCUIT IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA
                                CASE NO. 99-7430-CI-08
              ----------------------------------------X
                                                      :
              RICHARD W. HOWD, JR.,                   :
                                                      :
                                                      :
                                   Petitioner,        :
                                                      :
              vs.                                     :
                                                      :
              ROBERT S. MINTON, JR.,                  :
                                                      :
                                   Respondent.        :
              ----------------------------------------x
                   BEFORE:       The Honorable THOMAS E. PENICK, JR.
                   PLACE:        ST. PETERSBURG JUDICIAL BUILDING
                                 545 First Avenue North
                                 St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
                   DATE:         February 09, 2000
                   TIME:         1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
                   REPORTED BY:  DEBORAH M. WILLIAMS
                                 Court Reporter
                                 Sixth Judicial Circuit
                                 Notary Public, State of Florida
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                                     JUDGE'S RULING
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