Woman fighting legal battle to perform cartwheels at public meetings

Phoenix resident Dianne "DD" Barker was told to stop doing cartwheels at Maricopa Association of Governments meetings.
By Evan Bleier  |  June 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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PHOENIX, June 5 (UPI) -- Legal gymnastics are being used to try and prevent an Arizona woman from performing cartwheels at public meetings in Phoenix.

Dianne "DD" Barker received a cease-and-desist letter from an attorney for the Maricopa Association of Governments telling her to immediately stop performing cartwheels at MAG meetings.

"You have from time to time suggested that MAG cannot prevent you from performing cartwheels during your comments," according to the letter. "That position is incorrect."

The 65-year-old sent back an email in protest, saying that not being able to perform cartwheels would limit her ability to "freely speak/express in such positive conviction, my continuing commitment, and unwavering support for MAG's transportation/air quality duty and directives," The Republic reported. Barker first discovered she was good at cartwheels while she was a cheerleader at Ohio State University.

"I think that the cartwheel is something I found out that I could do that is enjoyable, and it definitely expresses my passion," Barker told Fox 10.

She plans to follow the letter of the law at meetings, but that's about it.

"The cartwheel isn't the end of it, I'm walking down the wall backwards and getting myself in shape for doing the back over," Barker said.

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