Does free speech still matter in Costa Mesa?

Benito “Coyotl Tezcatlipoca” Acosta’s criminal trial began today at Harbor Justice Center in Costa Mesa.

According to the O.C. Register
, “Acosta is being charged with violating propriety of conduct while addressing the City Council and disorderliness at a council meeting for an incident that took place at a Costa Mesa City Council meeting on Jan. 3, 2006 when people came to express their opinions regarding the city’s recently passed policy to train city police officers to enforce federal immigration laws.”

Here are a few more excerpts from the Register article:

The prosecution alleges that Acosta became disruptive after asking members of the public who agreed with his anti-policy statements to stand up in the audience. Acosta ensued in a verbal spat with the City Council before police used force to take Acosta from the building.

A jury of 11 women and one man listened to Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor recount the events on the first day of a trial which is expected to last a week.

“He was a couple of minutes into his time when he started changing his comment from (being) directed to the council to directed to the public

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