Creswell Woman causes stir at court appearance

The scene in front of the Creswell City Hall during Julie Bivens’ court case. Public image/Facebook

CRESWELL – Julie Bivens’ court date didn’t happen quite as planned.

Actually, it didn’t happen at all. 

Bivens, a Creswell resident, was fined $2,550 for her part in helping to organize the unauthorized parade on July Fourth, including for violating city ordinances prohibiting a parade on Oregon Avenue (CMC 10.30.10) and for soliciting or confederating to violate an ordinance (CMC 9.05.920) after being warned by police of the repercussions. 

She was scheduled to meet Creswell Judge Scott Palmer in court on Aug. 11, but Bivens refused to comply with the public safety mandates and wear a mask, and could not proceed with the hearing. 

While the governor’s mask mandate didn’t officially begin until the following day, Judge Palmer had already issued the same rules as in the county courts, which required masks inside. 

“His courtroom, his rules,” Sgt. Scott Denham said. 

Bivens requested another trial. The matter was turned over to the city attorney, Ross Williamson, who – in addition to Bivens’ attorney and Judge Palmer – “will determine the next steps,” Denham said. 

Outside of City Hall that day, a couple dozen people with signs and a barbecue on a trailer gathered in front of City Hall to protest the fine. Denham said that while “there were several that had choice words and insults toward me and the deputies,” people were “somewhat respectful and peaceful.”

He was even offered lunch. 

“I was offered a hamburger from the BBQ guy … said ‘it will only cost you $2,550.’ I declined,” he said.

 No dates or procedures have been set as of Tuesday.



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