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Judge orders Gill to stick to business on controversial electronic signs

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 09. 2017 7:43PM
A judge has ruled that Michael Gill's Manchester signs violate the bylaws of the office condominium where they are located. 

MANCHESTER — A judge has granted an injunction prohibiting Mortgage Specialists Inc. owner Michael Gill from displaying outside his office words or images not related to his business.

Superior Court Judge Amy Messer issued the ruling Tuesday, deciding in favor of the majority owner of the commercial condominium that is home to Mortgage Specialists near the South Willow Street/Interstate 293 interchange.

David Goldstein, principal owner of Martins Management Associates, said Gill’s controversial messages accusing business and political leaders of corruption, drug dealing and other crimes were affecting his business at Melody Mall, the property where Gill owns the Mortgage Specialists offices. Goldstein leases out the other two units in the building.

Goldstein said the posts, the subject of at least two defamation lawsuits, are prohibited under Melody Mall bylaws.

Messer wrote in her decision that the purchase and sale agreement under which Gill purchased the unit at Melody Mall in 2001 expressly stated that the property was subject to the condo bylaws.

Gill had argued during a June 22 injunction hearing that his messages constituted free speech and were protected under the First Amendment.

Messer, whose order gives Gill 72 hours to remove any words or images not related to Mortgage Specialists’ business, disagreed with Gill’s assertion that stopping him from posting the messages would be harmful to the public interest.

Gill has also taken his messages to social media, his former radio show, as well as blogs and his own website.

“Indeed, given his testimony as to the issue, it appears Mr. Gill has been more than successful in apprising the public of his message through various social media platforms,” Messer wrote.

Gill did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The signs outside Mortgage Specialists were still displaying the messages on Wednesday.

Messer is the latest judge to rule against Gill, who has been representing himself in court proceedings.

In April, Superior Court Justice Brian T. Tucker granted a motion allowing developer Dick Anagnost, auto dealer Andy Crews and banker William Greiner to file a $12 million lien against property owned by Gill in a defamation lawsuit they brought against the mortgage broker.

The three filed a civil lawsuit in spring 2016 over statements from Gill alleging they were involved in running illegal drug- and gun-selling operations.

Also in April, Superior Court Judge N. William Delker granted an injunction and ordered Gill to stop accusing Manchester attorney Alex Walker of being an attempted murderer and to remove any such claims from the Mortgage Specialists signs.

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