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ALCU sues to block Super Bowl "clean zone" in N.O.

2 years ago Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:12:11 PM CST January 24, 2013 Thursday, January 24 2013 Jan 24, 2013 in Sports
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is suing to block the city of New Orleans from maintaining a so-called "clean zone" where the use of banners, signs and flags will be restricted during Super Bowl festivities.

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit Thursday on behalf of an activist and a street preacher who claim the city's enforcement of a new ordinance and a code enforcement guide will trample on their free speech rights and limit their activities in the days leading up to the Feb. 3 game.

The ACLU claims the city adopted the new policies at the behest of the NFL.

A federal judge didn't immediately act on the group's request for a court order barring the city from enforcing the "clean zone" limits.

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