Street Artists Win 2ND Major Federal Appeals Court Ruling July 15, 2003
Robert Lederman, President ARTIST (Artists' Response To Illegal State Tactics)
The 2nd circuit Federal Appeals Court has just issued a ruling in Lederman et al v Giuliani completely in favor of the street artists (see ruling below). The ruling deals with the Parks Department artist-permit, which a lower Federal court (Judge Lawrence M. McKenna) overturned in August 2001. This lawsuit has two parts, the Parks artist permit issue and a different issue -- involving Mayor Giuliani targeting Robert Lederman and other members of ARTIST for false arrest at protests throughout the City.
Ex-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to face questioning in case by artist June 13, 2002
New York City, New York - Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will answer legal questions in a lawsuit brought by an artist who says he was repeatedly arrested after depicting Giuliani as Adolph Hitler in a painting, the city says.
Giuliani was one of 11 former city officials artist Robert Lederman, of Rutherford, N.J., wanted questioned by lawyers in the case in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Lederman said he was falsely arrested more than 40 times while Giuliani was mayor and was never convicted of a crime. City lawyers opposed the allowance of depositions with the others, including a former police commissioner, an ex-parks commissioner and past high-level press aides of the mayor. In court papers filed Wednesday, the city said Giuliani will be produced for a deposition but the others "have no knowledge of any prospective enforcement action against Mr. Lederman."