County pays after deputies seized literature from lawyer

An attorney who filed a lawsuit against Salt Lake County after sheriff’s deputies told him he couldn’t bring a pro-Kingston family flier into the courthouse has settled the case.

On his way into Salt Lake City’s Matheson Courthouse in April, Robert Breeze took a flier from supporters of Heidi Mattingly Foster and polygamist John Daniel Kingston. The couple’s children have been the subject of abuse and neglect allegations in court.

Deputies searching Breeze’s briefcase at the courthouse found the paper and refused to allow him inside with it.

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Breeze filed a lawsuit afterward, arguing an unwritten policy against such fliers in the courthouse violated his rights.

This week the county paid Breeze $3,200 to settle out of court and pay for his attorney’s fees, according to civil rights attorney Brian Barnard.

Breeze said Friday he will give the $500 he has left, after paying Barnard, to Foster.

“Any woman with 11 kids could use it,” said Breeze.

A special order issued by the sheriff has already put officers on notice that they can’t restrict “speech-related or expressive activity” inside a courthouse or on its grounds without a judge’s order.

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The Salt Lake Tribune, USA
July 30, 2005
Elizabeth Neff

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