Anthony Matos, Esq. overturns Harassment Conviction on Appeal
Mr. Anthony Matos, Esq., a recent graduate of Hofstra University Law School, is already making waves by having convictions overturned.
Mr. Matos defended the First Amendment rights of the Defendant, Ms. Kathryn Riviello. Ms. Riviello is an animal rights activist who defends the rights of all animals to live freely and safely. At a Ridgefield Town Hall meeting Ms. Riviello filmed an individual who is seeking to oppress the rights of animals, specifically cats.
Ms. Riviello asked the woman why she dislikes cats and filmed the interaction. The woman proceeded to file a harassment charge against Ms. Riviello.
Mr. Matos, using expert cross examination was able to establish that the “victim” was often at town hall meeting and was a public presence at Town Hall meetings. Despite, presenting a strong case, the Municipal Court Judge ruled against Mr. Matos and Ms. Riviello and found Ms. Riviello guilty of harassment.
Undeterred by an erroneous ruling, Mr. Matos filed an appeal with the Superior Court to vindicate his client’s rights. Mr. Matos showed the Superior Court that the “victim” was a limited public figure and had no right to privacy at a Town Hall meeting. The Superior Court Judge ruled in Ms. Riviello’s favor and overturned the Municipal Court, finding Ms. Riviello “not guilty” of harassment.