LA Judge Rejects Challenge To Graffiti Group Injunction

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Los Angeles judge has rejected a challenge to a new injunction designed to limit the activities of a group of an alleged Los Angeles graffiti group, known as the Metro Transit Assassins, the office of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced Saturday.

KNX 1070’s Brian Ping Reports

Trutanich asked for the injunction against the Metro Transit Assassins in June 2010 to block its 10 members from associating with each other or possessing graffiti tools or weapons. It would also impose a mandatory curfew on each member of the crew.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deirdre Hall issued her ruling Tuesday, rejecting defense arguments that the city had not stated proper grounds for the injunction.

Hill rejected the defendants’ arguments that their graffiti was artwork and therefore protected speech under the First Amendment.

She also said the city had sufficiently proven that the Metro Transit Assassins had engaged in unlawful business practices under state law.

“The judge’s ruling means our case is going forward, that we’re right and this legal theory is a valid one,” said Deputy City Attorney Jim McDougal with the Safe Neighborhoods and Gang Division.

“And hopefully it has an affect on the million middle school kids with markers who are looking up to these taggers.”

The civil suit filed against the Metro Transit Assassins asks the court for $1.25 million in fines and $3.7 million for damages for 500 graffiti incidents documented by the city.

The city’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 28.

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  1. HLLyWD RPT says:

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deirdre Hall has to be a complete idiot, oh I forgot she has a driver and driven to court , so doesnt see what comon folk see riding public transit, guess we are well below her perch.
    Maybe Lindsay Lohan should have requested the injunction since the courts favor the rich and famous or infamous.

    1. Phil says:

      Either you misread the story, or graffiti vandalism by lazy-minded gang members is not universally condemned, as it should be. Too bad for those of us who respect our city, property rights and the value of the rule of law.

    2. Saber 1 says:

      The law I would like to see is Shoot on site. When you observe anyone writing on walls or signs, sniper/scout teams positioned through out the city will take a shot blow what little brains these idiots have on the walls. I would be glad to pay more taxes for this service.

  2. Philip Iadevaia says:

    Glad to see that Judge Hill issued the right ruling. The ACLU and its defense attorneys should be mocked for their specious argument that vandalism is covered by Free Speech protections. I hope they bill the vandal gang for their time. And I hope the gang members immediately commence violating the injunction, so that the police can arrest them, charge them, fine them or put the idiots in jail.

  3. robert says:

    we need to reed the nation of all these punk gangs. I drove for RTD now MTA in Los Angeles for 10yrs they are a blithe on society

  4. Replace The Judge says:

    Awww good maybe they can go graffiti her residence then she will wake up and see what a mistake she made.. An open invitation guys! What an idiot she is! How did she ever get elected to be a Superior Court judge? You can get off your knees and stop brown nosing now. Wake up and help cure the problems of LA not keep the firing burning.

    1. Phil says:

      Are people reading the story correctly? Your comments are confused. Either you favor graffiti (in which case you’re an idiot) or you don’t (in which case you’re not an idiot)…Which is it?

  5. Brian says:

    How anybody could see this as anything but vandalism is inconceivable. Fines and community service cleaning up graffiti should be their punishment not prison. They should have to clean it up and pay for it.

  6. Alicia says:

    Graffiti is vandalism, not only promote violence with messages, but also decreases the value of properties. They should go and do it in their own countries, people here respect each other and like to live decently….Hopefully…

    1. YOU & ME says:

      WHAT COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN ? THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED BY MURDERS HELL IVE DEPLOY CAN AFFIRM THAT THESE ARE CHILDREN THEY NEED GUIDANCE AND FINACIAL STABILITY AS WELL AS A FREAKIN CHANCE TO MAKE A MISTAKE LEARN AND LIVE BUT HEY WHAT DO I KNO IVE ONLY WORKD WITH AT RISK YOUTH ONLY BEEN ONE MYSELF PROBLEM IS WE JUDGE INSTEAD OF SAYIN WELL I CAN RELATE A LIL BIT REMEBER THESE ARE KIDS DONT CARE IF THEY IN THEY EARLY 20S THEY TAUGHT WRONG NOT EVERY ONE IS FROM PERFECTVILLE MISS

  7. YOUI N ME says:

    MAYBE THOSE KIDS SHOULD BE LIKE THE SHERRIFF THAT WAS DRUNK ON DUTY HIT A WOMAN METH ADDICT WITH HIS POLICE VEHICLE WHILE ON DUY SHE GOT 5 MILLION HE GOT ONE MONTH HOUSE ARREST AND A DEMOTION I THOUGH THE LAW WAS DRIVE DRUNK AUTOMATIC FELONY. OR THEY COULD DO WHIT COLLAR CRIME FRAUDING THE ELDERLY THATS LIMITED TIME OR THEY COULD BECOME SEX OFFENDERS THEY ARE EASY ON THEM TOO SMH TAX DOLLARS HARD AT WORK WHEN IS ENUFF JUST ENUFF YALL

  8. YOU & ME says:

    THEY WILL DEMONIZE AND VILLAINIZE OUR CHILDREN TO KEEP UM MEDICATED AND INCCARCERATED THEN CHARGE THE PARENTS WITH NEGLECT AND BILL THEM AND HIT EM WITH CHILDSUPPORT OH YES THE STATE DOES BILL YOU THE PARENT AND THE TAX PAYERS HOW IN THE WORLD WILL THESE KIDS COME UP WIT 3MILLION IS RESTITUTION SMH THIS IS HOW THEY KEEP EM POOR BUT WAITE THEN NOW THEY HAVE A FELONY ARREST AND ALL THESE RULES ON EM SET UP FOR FAILIURE AND ALL THIS WHILE RAISING THE COLLEGE TUITION THE BELL SCANDAL JUS EVAPORATED

    1. Just You says:

      They can start by staying school and learning how to read and write.

  9. Lee D. says:

    So is using drugs an ‘Act of free speech’ , therefore protected under the constitution now? They are just thugs and criminals who cost taxpayers lots of money. Good for the judge. And who care how the judge gets to work, only that they uphold the law.

  10. Lu Johnson says:

    Awesome response to YOU & ME, Just You!! lol.

    The day we stop this idiotic philosophizing about this issue and just call a duck a duck, or in this case an idiot vandal an idiot vandal, is the day this city starts on a course to clean up the trash, put down the miscreants and trouble-makers, and once again becomes a beautiful, safe, rule-of-law place to live. I applaud the judge’s decision. Defacing another person’s property is NOT ok and is AGAINST THE LAW. End of discussion.

    Hey Gang-Bangers and Vandals… We are watching you, jailing you and shipping you out. Get used to it.

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