Well, this is an unexpected consequence of Gabby Petito case. The now infamous murder/missing case has attracted national attention first and foremost due to the brazenly suspicious behavior of Brian Laundrie. When word broke that he had returned home from a trip without his fiancée, the internet immediately spread theories that he had murdered her – theories that were ultimately proven true.
This rampant speculation was, of course, bolstered by Brian and his parents’ refusal to assist in the investigation. The Laundries became the focus of many concerned citizens, who began protesting outside their homes in North Port, Florida, demanding that they inform the authorities of what they knew about Gabby’s disappearance. . This continued for weeks, throughout the hunt for Brian.
And now Florida lawmakers are looking to introduce legislation to stop that kind of purported protest.
Florida’s Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill Monday that would make protesting outside a home a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in prison and a $500 fine. la.
Orange County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mike Crabb voiced support for making this particular type of protest illegal, citing the Laundrie case in particular:
“Brian Laundrie, the killer from southwest Florida, spent days protesting at… his parents’ home. He is not an elected official, nor are his parents elected officials, but that is not true either.”
Chris and Roberta Laundrielawyer of, Steven Bertolinospoke out against the protest after Brian’s remains were found last October, saying his client did nothing wrong:
“This objection. This witch hunt. This mob-style crucifixion of Chris and Roberta was just a mistake.”
Yes, now. This is where we get into a bit of a gray area. The problem is, the protesters are unknown already Mistake. Brian killed Gabbyfollow FBI. And their lawyers can talk all day about how innocent they are, but Laundries refuses to help with the investigation. Actually Now look like they could be accessories after the fact? Not to mention they gave the police the wrong date of Brian’s disappearance, and the place they said he was hiking was NOT the place he was found… There’s still a lot of suspicion here.
Of course, the question is not whether they did it wrong. The question is whether these protests are also Mistake. While they never do anything more than make some noise and a little mess, this do feels a bit like mob justice.
And this is not just about accused criminals.
Senator Keith Perry (R) gives the story of Brevard . County School Board member Jennifer Jenkins, the bully went viral. Jenkins simply voted to make face masks mandatory in schools during the pandemic to try to stop the spread of COVID – and that led to anti-mask protesters gathering to harass tangled her outside her house. Perry details:
“The protesters used vile language, argued with her neighbors and even coughed in her face. This is one of many examples. “
Cough in her face?! In a way, this must have violated some other law about books, right?
Senator Dennis Baxley (R) distinguished between legal protests in public and in the offices of elected officials – and in private homes. He laments:
“Is there anything sacred? The thing about personally attacking people and their families to terrorize, I just don’t want that to happen to anyone.”
That is a fair point. Even suspected murderers and their supporting families should be given a certain amount of protection, right?
Laundry might not be the best example to use to deal with this, but it doesn’t make it any less true. What do YOU think, old masters? Should there be a law against intentional “protesting” outside the home?