Appeals Court Says OK To Protestors at Air Show

1 decade 8 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, March 22 2007 Mar 22, 2007 Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:03:50 PM CDT March 22, 2007 in News
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COLUMBIA (AP)-- A federal appeals court upholds the rights of anti-war protesters to carry signs and distribute leaflets at the annual Memorial Day air show in Columbia. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that while a private group organizes the air show, it works closely with city officials and is bound to protect First Amendment rights. The group, Salute to Veterans, argues that requiring it to accommodate all points of view at the event violate its rights to free speech. The lawsuit was filed by two Columbia activists who were escorted from the 2004 air show after they gathered petitions for alternative energy and handed out anti-war leaflets.

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