Friday, October 15, 2010
Anti-Abortion-Rights Activists Win Temporary Injunction Against Pittsburgh Ban on Leafleting Cars
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Abortion opponents win injunction on city leaflet rules, by Ann Rodgers:
U.S. District Court Judge David Cercone today granted a temporary halt to enforcement of a city ordinance that bans leafleting of parked cars.
At issue was a Pittsburgh ordinance that forbids distribution of written material or sample merchandise "so as to cause litter or unreasonably interfere with pedestrians or traffic." It specifically forbids placing literature -- with the exception of parking tickets -- on cars without permission of the owner or occupant.
The law was challenged by two opponents of abortion, Kathleen Ramsey and Albert Brunn, who wanted to place voter guides in the door jambs of parked cars. Their counsel, Edward White of Ann Arbor, Mich., senior attorney for the American Center for Law and Justice, argued that the law was vague and stifled free speech. He contended that litter wasn't caused by people distributing leaflets, but by drivers who later tossed the papers on the ground. . . .