posted on Aug, 13 2012 @ 02:46 AM
Score one for the good guys and this is the city I was with Occupy in almost a year ago. This one is personally meaningful for the pains and pain in
the butt we all had to take for being carefully on the sidewalk and yadda yadda to avoid having everyone arrested at once. Down she goes and a bad law
bites the dust!
Let me first share what started it though:
Headline: 9-11 Conspiracy Theorists Sue St. Louis - Tuesday, May 12, 2009
ST. LOUIS (CN) - Two 9-11 conspiracy theorists say St. Louis used an unconstitutional ordinance to violate their right to free speech. Donald
Stahl and William Demsar say city police arrested them on Feb. 6 for carrying a banner that stated, "911 Was An Inside Job!"
In their federal claim, the men say it was a peaceful protest calling for a new, independent investigation into the federal government's involvement
into the events of September 11, 2001. The men say they were not blocking pedestrian or vehicular
That's where it started back in 2009. Now, flash forward to the current day. We have an outcome and I can bring good news!
Protest Law Quashed in Conspiracy Monger's Friday, August 10, 2012
ST. LOUIS (CN) - The 8th Circuit struck down a St. Louis ban against demonstrations that impede street and pedestrian traffic, siding with a Sept.
11 conspiracy theorist who was arrested under the law.
After St. Louis police received a complaint about the "offensive sign," the men were arrested for violation of an ordinance that states: "No
person shall sell or offer for sale any goods or merchandise, display any sign or pictures, participate in or conduct an exhibition or demonstration,
talk, sing or play music on any street or abutting premises, or alley in consequences of which there is such a gathering of persons or stopping of
vehicles as to impede either pedestrians or vehicular traffic."
A federal judge sided with the city at summary judgment, finding the ordinance to be a content-neutral time, place and manner restriction. But a
three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit reversed Monday, finding the ordinance to be unconstitutional on its face because its does not provide fair
notice of what conduct is prohibited and it excessively chills protected
By the way, the court documents relating to each case are linked at the bottom of the source articles if anyone wants to view the details at that
The topic of the protest in this case is interesting, but certainly not the focus. I believe this represents a victory for the public and American
citizens as a whole for the right to protest. Regardless of what that protest is about, whether it's Occupy STL or The Tea Party Movement. Either
side are citizens and in this ruling the 8th Circuit did the people a great service. As a Circuit Court of Appeals their ruling is heard and felt over
a wide area. I'm not sure how this case may directly
effect other laws or situations, if at all, but the words and meaning of the ruling will
certainly be noticed.
The 8th Circuit covers:
* North Dakota
* South Dakota
It's getting fewer and farther between it seems for actually seeing the system work and help us rather than injure us. It does work occasionally
though and it's a shame to let those events slip by unnoticed. So, I bring some up to the moment (in Business day terms, as it was Fridays Court
schedule) delivery of this little Ray of Sunshine.