by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Local businessman James Adkins has asked the District Court to reconsider its order finding that officers who arrested him did not violate his rights. In a motion for reconsideration, Adkins argues that the court failed to consider the overwhelming weight of authority that taking photos of public officials on public property is protected by the First Amendment.
His attorney, Anita Arriola, argues that the charges against her client were eventually dismissed due to a lack of sufficient evidence. Additionally she argues that the court's findings regarding the conduct of the two officers are unsupported by facts as they contend police violated Adkins' First Amendment right to verbally challenge police action.
Adkins was arrested after taking photographs of a car crash that occurred near his home and refusing to give his cell phone to police.