The Third Circuit Court of Appeal this week sided with Marley’s Sports Bar on Jefferson Street downtown, backing a lower court’s summary judgment in favor of the bar in a suit accusing the night spot of failing to offer adequate security for a pair of patrons who were attacked outside the bar.
Jeffery Arkell, the plaintiff, and a friend were beaten up by a group of six men, one of them wielding a baseball bat, on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2006, shortly after the bar had closed. Arkell suffered stab wounds, a broken arm and a contusion to the head. The appeals court, however, ruled that Marley’s was not responsible for providing security outside its premises after closing time: “Our initial inquiry in this case is whether Marley’s owed Jeffery a duty to protect him from attack in the middle of Garfield Street after closing hours,” the Third Circuit opinion states. “The law is clear, it did not.”
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.