Interrupted Speech Sets Off Lengthy Niagara Legal Challenge

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Nov 26
Interrupted speech

Matteo Anello’s interrupted speech sets off a three year lawsuit.

We’ve come across speakers who’ve been barred from giving a speech. But in New York state there’s a former mayor of  Falls City Council, Matteo Anello, who’s determined to sue the Council…because he was barred from giving a speech.

OK, not so much barred as forcibly ejected from the Council chamber by a local police officer. He was two minutes into his speech when the Chairman of the Council, Robert Anderson, declared he “didn’t have the floor” and ordered him removed from the Council chamber.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the plucky Matteo Anello was then charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. All on the say so of the Council Chairman, Mr Anderson.

Council politics–it gives democracy a bad name.

The case has been grinding on for some time…over three years now. But the initiative is probably with Mr Anello whose charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest have already been thrown out by a judge.

The latest development involved Mr Anello handing over a copy of his speech to the judge and the defendants prior to their next court meeting. His hand-written speech is likely to be compelling evidence and will shed some light on why Mr Anderson had him ejected from the podium three years ago.

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+