Local Blogger Arrested for Trying to Photograph Supe. Wiener's Wiener Gets Stay-Away Order
|Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal|
|Says trying to snap an unwanted photo of Supervisor Wiener's penis is not harassment|
Petrelis appeared in court yesterday where he pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges; Judge Donna Alyson Little then ordered the gay rights activist to stay at least 150 feet away from the supervisor, according to KGO.
Petrelis' attorney, Derek St. Pierre, argued against the stay-away order, saying there was no threat of violence and "no pattern of harassment."
Supervisor Wiener -- and the judge -- totally disagree.
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The Wiener drama started on Oct. 26 when Petrelis followed the supervisor into the men's restroom at City Hall. He attempted to shoot a photo of Wiener as he did his business at the urinal, but the supervisor zipped up before Petrelis could get his action shot.
What Petrelis was able to get was a photo of was Supervisor Wiener grabbing for his toothbrush as he left the bathroom in a huff. Wiener filed a complaint with the Sheriff's Department, and on Nov. 29, after some police questioning, Petrelis turned himself in to authorities. He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.
Actually what this is really about, his attorney said, is journalism. "It makes it very difficult for Mr. Petrelis to continue on as a journalist."
Ah yes, photojournalism is now being compromised.
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