After losing the camping ticket case described in earlier posts here, law professor Chris Lasch made himself and his brigade of students available for an appeal. I asked him when we first spoke if an appeal wouldn't most likely be futile. After all, our failure to bring anything new to the discussion with anything other than a previously failed 1st Amendment argument i figured we were done. I thought law students would be fun, though, so i went along. The proceedings were mostly remote afterward; when appellate courts refuse to see you, you don't have to see them, either. By the time the status hearing Judge Williams had scheduled rolled around, i had had time to mull the idea of community service as punishment over a bit. So i had to tell him this:
Judge Williams, we’ve come to the end of my case, and it seems we come now to the end of this part of the larger thing we have been discussing, you and I. The societal problems that engendered the Occupy encampments of which i was and am a part have not by any means been alleviated since we began our relationship. Cases like mine, but initiated by necessity rather than principle can only increase in the face of increasing tension and decreasing wealth for most Americans. Things have developed some since this started, and positive advancements like Utah’s near elimination of homelessness with housing programs have been overshadowed by wars and rioting in the world, and continued societal polarization here at home. The principles and dynamics from which i derive motivation in what i am doing here have remained in place in the world, and also in me.