“Participate in democracy at your peril”

That’s the title of an editorial in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about last week’s ruling by Superior Court judge Jackson Bedford that Friends of Piedmont Park, their lawyers and sunshine activist Doug Abramson must pay legal fees to the Atlanta Botanical Garden because two of the group’s five claims in a lawsuit challenging the $25 million deck were deemed groundless.

I started covering this nearly a year ago but never imagined it would come to this.

Can you say “chilling effect?”

The AJC’s David Beasley writes, “A democracy —- and its legal branch —- should cherish groups like Friends of Piedmont Park, not intimidate them.”

See also:

Friends of Piedmont Park must pay damages.

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