Judge puts a hold on Super Bowl "Clean Zone"

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Posted: Jan 24, 2013 4:33 PM by Russell Jones
Source: ACLU

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Topics: super bowl, aclu, lawsuit, free speech, first amendment, restraining order, federal judge, clean zone, new orleans

NEW ORLEANS - The ACLU said a federal court put a temporary restraining order in place to keep part of the Super Bowl's "Clean Zone" from being put into effect in New Orleans.

The zone would restrict the use of banners, signs and flags during the Super Bowl celebrations in areas such as the Superdome, New Orleans Arena and the French Quarter. The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of an activist and street preacher, claiming the zone infringed on free speech rights.

This afternoon Judge Kurt D. Englehardt agreed the zone may infringe first amendment rights, but allowed it to be put into place in public areas around the Superdome and New Orleans Arena.

The matter is due back in court Monday for further review.

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