No one anticipated that Seth Brigham's first appearance at a Boulder City Council meeting since a judge threw out the city's restraining order against him would be low-key. But few could have guessed at the weirdness that resulted when the willfully irritating gadfly delivered his testimony in song and dance. See photos and a video below.
As we've reported, Brigham was served with a restraining order after the city provided workplace-violence expert Dr. John Nicoletti with copies of e-mails accusing Boulder City Councilwoman KC Becker of financial impropriety, as well as information involving verbal jousting, F-bombs and occasional jabs and pushes involving other councilmembers. Brigham responded by contacting attorney David Lane, who'd represented him two years earlier after he was arrested for stripping to his boxer shorts at a council meeting -- an incident that led to Boulder paying a $10,000 settlement.
In the end, Judge David Archuleta ruled against the city's efforts to make the temporary restraining order permanent, and this week, Lane sent Boulder a letter giving the city until noon Friday to express interest in settling the case or else face a threatened federal lawsuit on grounds touching on freedom of speech and abuse of process.
But instead of behaving politely at last night's council meeting as a way of coaxing the city into settlement negotiations, Brigham let his freak flag fly. According to the Cannabis Therapy Institute, which put out a release about last night's meeting, Brigham was given five minutes to address the officials -- a longer span than usual -- "because three people ceded their time to him." And how did he spend his moments in the spotlight? By singing and dancing to "When I Paint My Masterpiece," a Bob Dylan song that was covered by the Grateful Dead; he wore a shirt nodding to both the tunesmith and the band.
As can be seen in a video of this nutty piece of performance art, council members didn't seem particularly amused. However, the CTA definitely approves, noting that "Seth has now elevated the First Amendment to include singing and dancing your testimony at city council meetings, using multiple props at the podium, and dancing on the chairs." The group's release adds that "Tom Carr, city attorney, especially hated having to see Seth. George [Karakehian] and one other city council member arrived late, hoping not to be subjected to Seth's testimony, but they did see the tail end of it."
No new lawsuit will result from Brigham's performance. As the CTA points out, "The City did NOT try to have Seth removed, even with this over-the-top display. So it looks like progress is being made in teaching them what the First Amendment is all about."
See photos and the aforementioned video below.
Continue to see more photos, plus the video of Seth Brigham at Boulder City Council.
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