Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Hanover Solicitor Attempts to Muzzle Free Press
Before last night's meeting of Hanover Township's Board of Supervisors, Solicitor Jim Broughal cornered me to request that I stop taking pictures during meetings. In fact, he and Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek intend to seek an emergency injunction against me on Friday.
"You can't muzzle the press!" I declared.
"I don't want to muzzle the press. I just want to muzzle you."
Apparently, one of my recent pictures of Broughal, published in The Bethlehem Press, has made him the laughing stock at the Y, where he exercises every day. Wherever he goes, whether it's his locker or a treadmill, there's a picture of him with his game face.
He also claims my picture of Coroner Zach Lysek, which appears in today's edition, makes his head look too big.
So the two of them want me banned from further photography on the basis that I'm a common nuisance.
Everybody's a critic.
I asked my editor to back me up, but he's already testifying for Broughal.
I thought I was improving.