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Will Baker, a roadside flower salesman with a history of annoying elected officials at public meetings, was sentenced to six months in jail Monday for his behavior at three Tacoma City Council meetings last year.6 months for glowering? Jeebus H Crisco! Burglars and car thieves get less. Assault usually brings a shorter term.
Baker, who acted as his own attorney, argued that his First Amendment right of free speech had been violated. He reportedly called the judge and prosecutor liars, repeatedly brought up issues he was told weren't allowed, and tried to intimidate the chief witness - Mayor Bill Baarsma - by alternately glowering at him and laughing at him during the approximately five hours Baarsma spent on the witness stand.
"His behavior was the same in court as it was in the council chambers," said Baarsma, who was the presiding officer at several City Council meetings where Baker was led away in handcuffs after he refused to stop speaking.
Baker, 41, was immediately taken from the court to jail to start serving his sentence. Heslop denied his request to report to jail at a later date and a subsequent request for a couple of hours to "put his affairs in order."
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