On January 27, 2023, Attorney Matthew Peterson secured a NOT GUILTY verdict for our client charged with violating a restraining order in Cambridge District Court. We went to trial before a judge instead of a jury because of the legal issues involved.
Our client had been sexually assaulted by a college classmate. He publicly accused this classmate of sexual assault on social media, but the former classmate blocked them. After our client was insistent in contacting them, the other person got a restraining order against our client.
After that, our client posted on Twitter about the restraining order, implying that it was unjust. Our client tagged the other party in the post, but he knew the other person had blocked our client already.
We argued that this did not violate the restraining order because referring to a person by their username, tagging them, was not an attempt to contact them. Additionally, we argued that since he had already been blocked and knew it, there is no way it could be considered an attempt to contact either.
The judge agreed with our argument and found our client NOT GUILTY.
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