Greetings from the publisher of Desert Messenger
~ Shanana RAIN BearCat
In 2014, Jennifer Marie “Jade” Jones filed a civil rights lawsuit against me (and the Towns of Parker & Quartzsite, Arizona) in U.S. District Court for Arizona Under Section 1983. The lawsuit stemed from exercising my First Amendment Right to publish an official government press release about Jones’ alleged activities issued from the Town of Quartzsite.
but Jones filed an appeal in United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
On April 4, 2016, the US Court of Appeals AFFIRMED the District Court’s judgement.
Jones is a candidate for Arizona House of Representatives Legislative District 5, covering La Paz & Mohave Counties. In the past, Jones identified herself as a publisher and experienced dog groomer, but now she simply identifies herself as a publisher of the Desert Freedom Press. However, Jones published only 3 editions of her tabloid in all of 2015 and just one edition in 2016 to date.
For those who don’t have a PACER account, I’ve tried to enclose all the documents in the Federal Civil Rights lawsuit of Jennifer “Jade” Marie Jones against Town of Parker, Town of Quartzsite, and Shanana Rain Golden-Bear; in chronological order from the most recent. (I purposefully left off the long list of Proof of Service notices and other minor documents). Jones represented herself while all defendants paid attorneys to represent us. For more details visit www.QuartzsiteBlog.com
The list below may not be in perfect order, but there’s lots of interesting reading.
As a “conservative” Republican Free Speech advocate candidate, Jones should understand that being offended does not qualify as a civil rights violation.
The right to free speech and the unrealistic expectation to never be offended can not coexist. — Philip Sharp
COURT DOCUMENTS in the case of Jennifer Marie Jones v. Town of Parker, et al.,
CASE NO. 2:14-CV-01907
Order 04042016 affirming District Court (APPEALS ORDER)
Order denying motion to dismiss (Judge ruled “A contract with the Town of Quartzsite does not make Golden-Bear an employee of the Town of Quartzsite. Golden-Bear is not a state actor and cannot be liable for a § 1983 claim.”)
Jones response to motion to deny motion to amend (Jones falsely argued “Subsequent to the filing of this Claim, Defendant Golden-Bear conspired with a Town Official to conduct a frivolous and unwarranted inspection of Plaintiff’s business…Defendant Golden-Bear(Bearcat) admits to working for the Town of Quartzsite and she has benefited for years from privileged relation with her employer and evidence exists in support of Plaintiff’s assertions to that effect which Golden-Bear did not specifically deny.)
I really appreciate all of you for your support during this very long process. I’ve learned so much during this time. My commitment to provide positive news, events & entertainment to the community is stronger than ever. I’m looking forward to continue working with you all in a good way for the betterment of our community.
Shanana Rain BearCat (Golden-Bear)
Publisher/Editor Desert Messenger