Former Berkeley College Republicans President Troy Worden finally received some justice Thursday after Alameda County Superior Court ordered an antifa activist to pay $11,100 for filing a frivolous civil harassment restraining order against Worden.
Back in September, Yvette Felarca, a national leader of By Any Means Necessary, a far-left group that protested recent conservative speakers like Ben Shapiro and Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley, filed a temporary restraining order against Worden, but dropped the request for a permanent order in October. Commissioner Thomas Rasch ruled that the restraining order “was not brought in good faith” and ordered her to pay Worden’s attorney fees and court costs.
"The award of attorney fees should send a strong signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech,” said Mark Meuser, one of Worden’s attorneys. Meuser noted back in November that the temporary restraining order had “restricted Worden's First and Second Amendment rights and made it difficult for him to move around the campus to attend classes."
Felarca appears to be on a losing streak. Worden’s attorneys noted that this is the second time in two months that Felarca was ordered to pay the attorney fees of her opponents after filing baseless claims in court.
Considered a “local antifa celebrity,” Felarca’s claim to fame was hitting a man during counter-demonstration in Sacramento back in 2016. She was later charged with inciting and participating in a riot and assault likely to cause great bodily injury.
Despite getting off easy — Worden was seeking $100,000 in damages — Felarca’s attorney has vowed to appeal, claiming the judge had acted out of political bias. Hopefully, her many future court appearances will distract Felarca from her day job as an educator, where she teaches at a Berkeley middle school, imparting her wisdom to America’s future.
Brendan Pringle (@BrendanPringle) is a freelance journalist in California. He is a National Journalism Center graduate and formerly served as a development officer for Young America's Foundation at the Reagan Ranch.