NAC Update
Bend, Oregon Nudity Trial

May 5, 2002

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DATE   : May 5, 2002
SUBJECT: Bend, Oregon
TO     : All Naturists

Dear Naturists:

Terri Sue Webb went to court again on Friday in Bend, Oregon. The event was not without complications, but the result is that Webb entered a plea agreement on what she calls an "unrelated" incident, and has had all other nudity-related charges against her dropped.

Under the agreement, the judge imposed conditions of probation that require Webb not to be nude anywhere in public for three years. Webb's attorney has indicated those conditions would be challenged on appeal, and Webb herself has indicated her disinclination to abide by such absolute terms.

You'll recall that Terri Webb had previously been arrested for riding her bicycle nude in public on July 18, 2001, and was cited at that time for disorderly conduct. At her trial on November 7, 2001, Webb chose to be nude. Judge Barbara Haslinger found her to be in contempt of court and ordered that she submit to a psychiatric evaluation.

Webb has said that her right to a fair trial on the initial charge was denied, pointing out that by declaring nakedness as unacceptable in the court prior to the admission of evidence, the judge demonstrated a prejudgment concerning the very issue at hand. Webb has appealed the contempt finding, which was not set aside in the recent transaction, and has challenged the court's presumption that a demonstrated preference for nudity is a sign of a mental disorder.

Prior to her scheduled trial this past Thursday morning, Webb, accompanied by Daniel Johnson, made a nude walk from Webb's apartment in Bend to the courthouse. The two had turned around and were headed back toward the apartment, where Webb says they were going to dress before the court appearance, when they were arrested by deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Department and charged with disorderly conduct, a class A misdemeanor.

Webb and Johnson were both additionally charged with "obstruction of governmental administration," also a class A misdemeanor, for having caused an inconvenience to the judge, the prosecutor and other trial participants by making Webb unavailable for the trial and requiring it to be rescheduled for the following day. Webb and Johnson were held in the county jail on $3,500 bail.

Webb's trial had originally been set for January 23, but the arresting officer was unavailable on that date because of maternity leave, causing an inconvenience to the judge, the prosecutor and other trial participants, and requiring the trial to be rescheduled for May 2.

Terri Webb was brought to the courtroom in the Deschutes County courthouse on Friday morning in blue jail garb and wearing waist, hand and leg shackles. The "unrelated" event around which the plea bargaining revolved had taken place on April 9 when Webb, who was nude at the time, refused to leave a local tavern when asked. That incident resulted in charges of trespassing against Webb.

In addition to dropping the charges of disorderly conduct that has been filed against Webb for her nude bicycle ride in July, Circuit Judge Michael Sullivan also dismissed on Friday all charges against both Terri Webb and Daniel Johnson resulting from their nude stroll to the courthouse on Thursday.

Look for future updates on this issue from the Naturist Action Committee.


Naturally,

Mark Storey
Board Member
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton      - <ctnudists@aol.com>
Board Member Mark Storey       - <storey98@aol.com>
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - <naturist@sunclad.com>
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