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Chaker appealed to California’s courts, to no
avail. A federal judge had ruled against him as well, so he went to
the San Francisco-based appeals court.

“It was up to the police department to determine if the speech was


false,” Chaker said. “I made a complaint against a police officer for
twisting my wrist and was charged as a criminal.”

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The American Civil Liberties Union hailed the decision.

“To us, it was a clear example to cut off criticism of the


government,” said ACLU attorney Alan Schlosser.

Michael Schwartz, a Ventura County prosecutor who on behalf of the


California District Attorneys Association urged the appellate court to
uphold Chaker’s conviction, said he was disappointed with the
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“It’s a controversial issue that people disagree about,” he said. He


said the statute in question is used sparingly.

San Diego County prosecutors said they were considering asking the
appeals court to reconsider or asking the U.S. Supreme Court to
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