Judge Tosses Charge against Occupy Wall Street 'Freedom Fairy' Marni Halasa
May 23, 2012
Occupy Wall Street's “freedom fairy” will fly again after cops attempted to clip her wings in Zuccotti Park.
Parade personality Marni Halasa was slapped with a ticket for “impeding pedestrian traffic” with her flowing pink silk chiffon costume during a protest at the lower Manhattan plaza in March.
She appeared in court Wednesday, where a judge said the summons was “insufficient” and dismissed the charges without ruffling a feather.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous that I was impeding pedestrian traffic with silk chiffon wings and Rollerblades,” said Halasa, who was ready to plead not guilty and request her day in court for the alleged offense.
“I wanted the case to go further to really challenge the law.”
The Manhattan resident, a former lawyer turned professional ice skater, was hit with the summons as she Rollerbladed on the sidewalk between Zuccotti Park and Broadway on March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Halasa, 46, had been a regular face in Zuccotti Park since the movement championing “the 99%” kicked off in September, but this was the first time she encountered problems with police for her flamboyant outfits.
Hoping to add sparkle and diffuse tension at the rally, she was gliding effortlessly between pedestrians and demonstrators for at least half an hour before she was ticketed, she said.
“I was always in constant control,” she said. “I feel like it’s my First Amendment right: the freedom of self-expression.”