The Bay State Examiner has been keeping up with the Fall River mayoral recall effort against Mayor William Flanagan. In previous coverage, we highlighted the mayor and his staff using their court connections and the Fall River police against recallers and others who post on the Facebook group “Threw Up in Fall River.”
Since the previous report, the mayor has dropped the “intimidation of a witness” charge against John Creeden, as confirmed by The Herald News. Flanagan claimed that a picture Creeden posted of a tombstone with the name "Flanagan" with the added text "The Last Selfie" constituted a threat. Creeden said it was a satirical picture referencing the predicted end of Flanagan's career as a politician.
“Although I do not condone Mr. Creeden’s actions, based upon advice of counsel, I will not go forward with the complaint," Flanagan said after dropping the charge.
The courts have thrown out Fall River Corporation Council Elizabeth Sousa's case against John Creeden. Sousa claimed she was accosted by Creeden when he posted a picture of her with a vulgar caption suggesting she had a sexual relationship with the mayor.
Creeden sent The Bay State Examiner a photo of the dismissal motion:
In a statement to The Bay State Examiner, Creeden's lawyer Patrick McDonald said:
The motion to dismiss was allowed. The motion was to dismiss the charges prior to arraignment. John has a date of November 19, 2014 at which time the court will formally dismiss the case prior to arraignment. It will not appear on Mr. Creeden's record. The motion was allowed by Judge Deborah Dunn on the day it was argued on 10/20/2014. For an accosting [charge] the language must be disorderly and offensive. In this case the language had to contain a threat either real or implicit. The court found that the posts did not meet the disorderly requirement and did not contain a threat or veiled threat.
Given that both Flanagan and Sousa previously worked for the district attorney whose office was prosecuting Creeden, shouldn't they have known better than to try to push forward with these groundless cases? Fall River residents favoring Mayor Flanagan’s recall have been citing this kind of casual waste of taxpayer dollars as grounds for his removal. This December, Fall River residents will have the opportunity to thank Flanagan for these, and other dubious actions by him and his staff, by giving him the boot.
Watch our previous video about the Fall River mayoral recall here: