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Can you take freedome of speech too far???

at 13:22 - 9th, February 2009

I am a fan of constitutional rights but is this taking it too far.

(quote fixed by alex, but deb you need your source)

In a case that pitted an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union local against a central Jersey town, the high court ruled unanimously that the rodent is protected speech under the First Amendment.

"The township's elimination of an entire medium of expression without a readily available alternative renders the ordinance overbroad," Justice John E. Wallace Jr. wrote for the court.

The super-sized rat, sitting on its hind legs and baring its fangs, is a national symbol used by organized labor to signal a labor dispute. It had been blown up and displayed at a 2005 labor event in Lawrence Township until police enforced a law that bans banners, streamers and inflatable signs, except those announcing grand openings.

A labor official was fined $100 plus $33 court costs.

The event was staged by the union to protest low wages being paid to electricians by an out-of-area contractor.

An appeals court panel ruled in 2007 that the town could ban the big black rat and affirmed the labor official's fines. The panel found the ordinance was content-neutral and was aimed at enhancing aesthetics and protecting public health and safety.

The union appealed. Its lawyers argued the law violates their right to free expression and suppresses protest.

The township claimed the union's use of the rat was a form of commercial speech, less deserving of First Amendment protections.

The state Supreme Court found that the law wasn't neutral, and therefore was unconstitutional. It said an ordinance "that prohibits a union from displaying a rat balloon, while at the same time authorizing a similar display as part of a grand opening, is content-based."

Township attorney John Dember said, "(The court) did find that we need to do some tweaking because of the freedom of expression limitation, which we'll undertake immediately to correct."

Wayne DeAngelo, a state assemblyman who was president of the union at the time, said the inflatable rat is one of many used around the county by labor unions. He knew of no other union that had be fined for using it.

***Last Updated 2009-02-09 13:22 by Alex ***

Curt Curt
News comment 1 | User comment 281 | 10:38 - 10th, Feb 2009

"The panel found the ordinance was content-neutral and was aimed at enhancing aesthetics and protecting public health and safety."

How does banning banners that aren't for grand openings protect public health and safety?

Americans are weird.

Alex Alex
News comment 2 | User comment 4954 | 10:40 - 10th, Feb 2009

maybe to stop people from thinking that rats are clean and cute and can train turtles to become ninjas?

Curt Curt
News comment 3 | User comment 281 | 10:43 - 10th, Feb 2009

But they CAN train turtles to become ninjas! I've seen it in the sewers of Dalaran in WoW (coolest easter egg ever)! I'm not crazy! I LIKE EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!

Alex Alex
News comment 4 | User comment 4954 | 10:45 - 10th, Feb 2009

you're kidding me, they actually put that in?

Curt Curt
News comment 5 | User comment 281 | 11:03 - 10th, Feb 2009

That's one thing WoW does better than the competition: it's got a sense of humour.

They've even got a Big Lebowski reference in one of the quests.

Alex Alex
News comment 6 | User comment 4954 | 11:12 - 10th, Feb 2009

i don't know why people make such a big fuss about that movie, it's was good but not spectacular.

Curt Curt
News comment 7 | User comment 281 | 11:43 - 10th, Feb 2009

I love it, it's one of my favourites. Of course, I love it mainly because it's a re-imagining of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep.

Alex Alex
News comment 8 | User comment 4954 | 11:53 - 10th, Feb 2009

might need to see the original then.
and mind you i missed the climax of the movie, something about a chandelier... no idea

Curt Curt
News comment 9 | User comment 281 | 12:40 - 10th, Feb 2009

I don't remember any chandeliers and I watched it again just last week (or was it the week before?). I'd recommend seeing the whole thing, at least once.

Deb Deb
News comment 10 | User comment 352 | 13:23 - 10th, Feb 2009

Wow... you guys even share the same taste in movies.. John loves that movie too!

Curt Curt
News comment 11 | User comment 281 | 16:15 - 10th, Feb 2009

Hehe, there are reasons we've stayed friends as long as we have, and it's not just D&D. ;)

Deb Deb
News comment 12 | User comment 352 | 16:19 - 10th, Feb 2009

LOL.... So Curt... Are you bringing a special friend to the wedding????

Curt Curt
News comment 13 | User comment 281 | 16:40 - 10th, Feb 2009

It's quite likely I'll be bringing Elly. If that plan changes, I'll let you know.

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