Round 1 goes to the protesters; is it right?

09.12.2007 by André Natta · → 9 Comments

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By now you should know that the City Council voted unanimously to revoke the business & liquor licenses of a gas station owner on the city’s East side. The decision has led to some interesting commentary over on the Birmingham News’ breaking news blog. So after you’ve finished looking at the story that was filed and the 20+ comments (there are more listed but some are repeats), let’s hear what you think about it.

NOTE: It’s interesting to note that the decision from the courts on the case has not been made yet.

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6 comments
Julie
Julie

I, as always, came late to this issue. I tried to read the postings on the comment board. They sickened me. Some good points were raised on both sides, but any such points were overshadowed by the vituperative voices of the writers. I can see both sides of this issue. Also, I can see that the media coverage has not really looked at all sides of the issue. That being said, the Council was incredibly premature in revoking the business license before the accused had his day in court. I see suits filed from two angles: one, if convicted, Nguyen's attornies will be able to say that the city council's decision affected the outcome of his tial by prejudicing the judge/jury; and two, if Nguyen is found not guilty, he will be able to sue the pants off the city and the council. Grandstanding does not help anyone!

Julie
Julie

I, as always, came late to this issue. I tried to read the postings on the comment board. They sickened me. Some good points were raised on both sides, but any such points were overshadowed by the vituperative voices of the writers. I can see both sides of this issue. Also, I can see that the media coverage has not really looked at all sides of the issue. That being said, the Council was incredibly premature in revoking the business license before the accused had his day in court. I see suits filed from two angles: one, if convicted, Nguyen's attornies will be able to say that the city council's decision affected the outcome of his tial by prejudicing the judge/jury; and two, if Nguyen is found not guilty, he will be able to sue the pants off the city and the council. Grandstanding does not help anyone!

Emily
Emily

Not really a comment on the case, but on the al.com boards. Those commentators got really racial. (And they tend to do so often on those boards.) Such a shame.

Emily
Emily

Not really a comment on the case, but on the al.com boards. Those commentators got really racial. (And they tend to do so often on those boards.) Such a shame.

Michael
Michael

I watched the meeting on Brighthouse last night and came away troubled that the council would make this decision against the sound legal advice they were given. This will come back to bite the city I'm afraid. It seemed that there was a lot of piling on this guy. How does a business stay successful for nearly 20 years if he was as bad as portrayed? I don't know if the allegations are true or false but it seemed obvious to me the council made a rash emotional decision without any evidence to the validity of the claims. Some of the grandstanding by the council made me nauseous. In particular Montgomery seemed a bit overboard with his aggression. My overall feeling about the council has been that they are incompetent, watching this meeting only strengthened that feeling sadly.

Michael
Michael

I watched the meeting on Brighthouse last night and came away troubled that the council would make this decision against the sound legal advice they were given. This will come back to bite the city I'm afraid. It seemed that there was a lot of piling on this guy. How does a business stay successful for nearly 20 years if he was as bad as portrayed? I don't know if the allegations are true or false but it seemed obvious to me the council made a rash emotional decision without any evidence to the validity of the claims. Some of the grandstanding by the council made me nauseous. In particular Montgomery seemed a bit overboard with his aggression. My overall feeling about the council has been that they are incompetent, watching this meeting only strengthened that feeling sadly.