Benito Acosta and the ACLU fight back against Allan Mansoor and the City of Costa Mesa

Benito Acosta

“Opening arguments in a Latino activist’s freedom-of-speech lawsuit against Costa Mesa is expected to begin this morning in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.  The American Civil Liberties Union is representing plaintiff Benito Acosta, who also goes by the name Coyotl Tezcatlipoca,” according to the Daily Pilot.

You may recall this case.  Acosta tried to speak at a Costa Mesa City Council meeting and Councilman Allan Mansoor, who was Mayor at the time, illegally stopped him and then had him arrested.  This happened in January, 2006.

Click here to read our original post about this case.

The Orange County Superior Court tossed out the city’s case against Acosta.  Now he is going after the city for damages.  Go get em Benito!  Good luck.

Mansoor is now running for the 68th Assembly District Republican nomination.  He is opposed by Orange County Board of Education Trustee Long Pham, who is also a Republican.  God help the people of the 68th if Mansoor prevails.

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