Video: Seth Brigham sings, dances at Boulder City Council after restraining order lifted

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Video, pics below.
No one anticipated that Seth Brigham's first appearance at a Boulder City Council meeting since a judge threw out the city's restraining order against him would be low-key. But few could have guessed at the weirdness that resulted when the willfully irritating gadfly delivered his testimony in song and dance. See photos and a video below.

As we've reported, Brigham was served with a restraining order after the city provided workplace-violence expert Dr. John Nicoletti with copies of e-mails accusing Boulder City Councilwoman KC Becker of financial impropriety, as well as information involving verbal jousting, F-bombs and occasional jabs and pushes involving other councilmembers. Brigham responded by contacting attorney David Lane, who'd represented him two years earlier after he was arrested for stripping to his boxer shorts at a council meeting -- an incident that led to Boulder paying a $10,000 settlement.

In the end, Judge David Archuleta ruled against the city's efforts to make the temporary restraining order permanent, and this week, Lane sent Boulder a letter giving the city until noon Friday to express interest in settling the case or else face a threatened federal lawsuit on grounds touching on freedom of speech and abuse of process.

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Courtesy of the Cannabis Therapy Institute
But instead of behaving politely at last night's council meeting as a way of coaxing the city into settlement negotiations, Brigham let his freak flag fly. According to the Cannabis Therapy Institute, which put out a release about last night's meeting, Brigham was given five minutes to address the officials -- a longer span than usual -- "because three people ceded their time to him." And how did he spend his moments in the spotlight? By singing and dancing to "When I Paint My Masterpiece," a Bob Dylan song that was covered by the Grateful Dead; he wore a shirt nodding to both the tunesmith and the band.

As can be seen in a video of this nutty piece of performance art, council members didn't seem particularly amused. However, the CTA definitely approves, noting that "Seth has now elevated the First Amendment to include singing and dancing your testimony at city council meetings, using multiple props at the podium, and dancing on the chairs." The group's release adds that "Tom Carr, city attorney, especially hated having to see Seth. George [Karakehian] and one other city council member arrived late, hoping not to be subjected to Seth's testimony, but they did see the tail end of it."

No new lawsuit will result from Brigham's performance. As the CTA points out, "The City did NOT try to have Seth removed, even with this over-the-top display. So it looks like progress is being made in teaching them what the First Amendment is all about."

See photos and the aforementioned video below.

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Courtesy of the Cannabis Therapy Institute

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Courtesy of the Cannabis Therapy Institute
Continue to see more photos, plus the video of Seth Brigham at Boulder City Council.


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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Rather stupid -- I do not know that it has been established that ostensible speakers before City Council can instead engage in song and dance.  While some such performance might constitute meaningful comment on issues of public concern before the Council, Brigham just seems deranged.  Given the history of the Council's misbegotten attemp to ban him as dangerous, Brigham's antics would seem more a dance of triumph and contempt than any form of comment on business before the Council.  While his performance should have no bearing on the outcome or award in any suit against Boulder, I can well imagine it prejudicing potential jurors against him.  The City Council deserves a comeuppance alright, but having to forbear from demanding orderly conduct of Mr. Brigham should not be it.

evan131
evan131

Yep, Council goes from heavy-handed to flat-footed. Mayor Appelbaum came back swinging though: When the US Pro Cycling spokesman's comment got applause, Seth said something like "No applause allowed!" and Matt threatened to throw him out -even though applause IS banned at meetings. I bet I've heard various old gray mayors intone "please folks, no applause, you're wasting our time" 100 times. The principle that Matt and Council keep communicating clearly is "we're in charge." while Seth thinks they should work for us all and is outraged they don't.  They don't call them "Clowncil" for nothing. They're like a lot in Boulder: ersatz@Seth Brigham  

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