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First Amendment Alive In Tennessee

CBS reports that Tennessee agrees to stop arresting protesters. They are just admitting reality as a Tennessee judge has already ruled that the executive order they were using for the arrests wasn’t legal. Federal District Judge Aleta Trauger told the attorneys for Tennessee that what they had done was a “clear prior restraint on free speech rights”.

I guess we are going to need to haul city after city into a Federal court at great cost to taxpayers in order to convince politicians that the Bill of Rights isn’t a suggestion.


1 jams o donnell { 11.02.11 at 1:11 pm }

Well done that judge.

What does released with citations mean? I read it in the article but it’s not a term used in the UK

2 Bryan { 11.02.11 at 5:17 pm }

They received the equivalent of a traffic ticket which they can contest in court or pay a fine. It means they weren’t charged with a ‘crime’, but a violation of an ordinance. In a number of states you are ‘cited for a violation’, but ‘arrested for a crime’.