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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

First Amendment Protections for Chalk on Public Sidewalks


A number of blogs have reported that health care activist AJ Marin was recently arrested for writing the above statement on the public sidewalk in front of the home of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. Martin was protesting the possible failure of PA to expand Medicare.

In response, Eugene Volokh investigates whether a local governments can bar people from writing messages in chalk on public sidewalks, on the theory that this is a form of graffiti (albeit fairly easily washable).

Also, just for fun, here are 20 amazing chalk-drawings.

Steve Clowney

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