Trial Raises Issues of Free Speech, Prejudice

March 13, 2008

Author: Janice Gregorson

Source: Post-Bulletin

It's a little trial in terms of length.

A mighty trial in terms of issues, according to the Minneapolis attorney representing Patricia Stockwell.

"This case involves important First Amendment questions," Frederick Goetz told Judge Kevin Lund in arguing pretrial motions Wednesday morning.

Stockwell, 47, of Rochester, is accused of verbally threatening another woman because she is Muslim. The Olmsted County Attorney's office has charged her with two counts of felony harassment and one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. She has pleaded not guilty.