The city of Keene’s lawsuit against a group known as the Robin Hooders will go forward. The group has gained attention for filling empty parking meters in the city, as well as for allegations of harassing parking attendants. This week, they had their first day in court.
At the Cheshire County Superior Court on Tuesday, Robin Hooders filed a motion to dismiss the case against them. They claim they’re within their constitutional rights. In May, the city of Keene filed a lawsuit against 6 people asking the court to prohibit them from getting within 50 feet of parking enforcement officers. The city says these officers are being harassed. Robin Hooder and FreeKeene.com blogger Ian Freeman says the group’s actions don’t equal harassment, and cites the N.H. Constitution as the basis for the motion to dismiss.
“Article 8 is the one which basically enshrines the idea that government workers should be able to be held accountable for their actions. They should be open and accountable. They should be able to be talked to. They should be having conversations with the people that they supposedly serve.”
Judge John C. Kissinger Jr. granted both the Robin Hooders and the city of Keene 20 days to submit additional arguments, at which point the case will resume.