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Judge: District won't pay damages in Bong Hits case

...suit and the community wanted to move on. "Judge Sedwick's decision should allow us to do that," she said. Frederick's attorney Doug Mertz called the ruling a "nonissue," saying that Sedwick's decision was predictable and expected...
'Bong Hits' case goes back to court

Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year on Joseph Frederick's free-speech case, the legal debate is not over.
Where will famed 'Bong' banner go?

...the community in a quandary," Lindsay said. The Alaska State Museum also expressed interest in the banner, Frederick's attorney Doug Mertz said. State museum officials did not return phone calls for this article. The banner lit the embers...
Former JDHS student sues police over alleged harassment

...complied with terms of his sentence for an underage drinking conviction in July 2001. Doug Mertz, then acting as Frederick's attorney, disputed the allegation and said his client was the victim of "continued harassment." The suit alleges false...
Banner student suspended again

...the offense. And it allows the superintendent and School Board to modify the discipline requirements. Mertz, Frederick's attorney, couldn't be reached immediately for a comment.
JDHS student arrested on warrant

...for not complying with the counseling and assessment requirements, and for not paying the fine, police said. Frederick's attorney, Doug Mertz, said he has a letter from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence dated July 30...
Bong Hits' Frederick returns for free speech forum professor. Panelists will be the Juneau School District's lawyer, Ann Gifford and Douglas Mertz, Joe Frederick's attorney in the "Bong Hits" litigation. The forum will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at the JDHS auditorium...
Starr appeals bong hits case in high court

...suspended for violating the school's policy of promoting illegal substances at a school-sanctioned event. Frederick's attorney, Doug Mertz, said he believes the United State's highest court will vote against hearing the case. "It's...
Year in Review

...Superintendent Peggy Cowan expected the legal battle to end with the high court decision in 2007. Doug Mertz, Frederick's attorney, filed papers in November hoping to return the case to court on state constitutional protections of free speech...
Empire editorial: Enough already; drop the bong hits issue

...reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" at a 2002 Olympic torch rally, a school-sponsored event. Back in November, Frederick's attorney Doug Mertz offered to drop the case if the Juneau School District paid $8,000 to his client and $20,000...


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