NYDIA TISDALE, Appellant, v. THE STATE, Appellee, in the Court of Appeals of Georgia on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
1. Sixth Floor of the State Judicial Building located at 40 Capitol Square in Atlanta, Georgia 30334.
2. Attorneys Andrew Fleischman and Noah Pines, Ross and Pines, LLC for Nydia Tisdale, Appellant.
3. Dawson County Asst. District Attorney Conley Greer for The State, Appellee; and rebuttal by Andrew Fleischman.
4. Interview of Nydia Tisdale with reporter Mike Petchenik and videographer Mikey Fuller for WSB-TV.
Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale was arrested by an out-of-uniform, unidentified, unpaid-volunteer, off-duty deputy whilst sitting silently holding a video camera at an advertised, open-to-the-public, all-are-welcomed, free, campaign rally at Burt's pumpkin farm in Dawson County, Georgia on August 23, 2014.
Tisdale appeals her sole conviction of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, after being found NOT GUILTY of felony obstruction of an officer, and NOT GUILTY of misdemeanor criminal trespass by a Dawson County jury on December 4, 2017.
This case is called #PumpkinGate.
#Nydeo credits: Nydia Tisdale on Capitol Square; Mikey Fuller, WSB-TV, pool coverage inside the courtroom; Cooper Tisdale of interview with Mike Petchenik, WSB-TV.
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Court Video: Case No. A19A2109 from the Court of Appeals of Georgia
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An online journalist's conviction following her arrest while filming a 2014 Republican political rally at a pumpkin farm is on appeal. – Jonathan Ringel, Managing Editor, Daily Report
Online Journalist Asks Appeals Court to Overturn Misdemeanor Conviction
By Robin McDonald, Daily Report, October 9, 2019.
Attorneys for Nydia Tisdale said allowing her misdemeanor obstruction conviction to stand could give off-duty officers virtually unilateral authority to charge journalists with a crime for not following their orders.
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Citizen Journalist Seeks New Trial in Obstruction Case
By Mike Petchenik, WSB-TV, October 8, 2019.
A citizen journalist forcibly removed from a political rally is asking the Ga. State Court of Appeals to overturn her conviction.
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Case of citizen watchdog with a camera lands in Ga. Court of Appeals
By Stanley Dunlap, Georgia Recorder, October 9, 2019.
Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale was so welcome she was treated to a slice of pumpkin pie prior to a rally for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other Republican candidates in August 2014.
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COMMENT by B Hugenberg October 10, 2019 at 12:10 am
IMO…Dawson County’s attorney Greer was a blustering, name-dropping blowhard, attempting to impress the court by re-capping the list of Republican attendees at Burt’s farm that day. Rather than stick to addressing Wooten’s grab of Mrs. Tisdale, Greer entertained with multiple name-droppings re Clint Bearden, Governor Deal, Perdue, Hudgens. But all that name dropping was IRRELEVANT. What matters is that the video shows that even after several minutes of manhandling Mrs. Tisdale have passed, we hear Wooten say on the video that he “will” identify himself later. “Will.” Future tense. Even at that point Wooten chose to not identify himself as a cop or by name even though Mrs. Tisdale asked many times. Mrs. Tisdale had no idea who had grabbed her. Further, not every word out of a cop’s mouth makes what he is saying “lawful,” either. Just inserting the word “lawful” into a sentence does not make it so. I bet the cops who tried to make Rosa Parks give up her bus seat told her they were giving her a lawful order, too. Somethings are just wrong. And this unjust rough up of Mrs. Tisdale is one of them.
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#PumpkinGate #nydeo by Nydia Tisdale.
Tony Wooten and Nydia Tisdale at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawsonville, Georgia on August 23, 2014.
PHOTO courtesy of BRIAN K. PRITCHARD, owner and editor of FetchYourNews.com.