quasi in rem

Friday, March 19, 2004

This seems unworkable at best, and svery crazy at worst.The Ninth Circuit has held that "protesters also have a right to demonstrate where their voices can be heard." In finding that free speech zones must be a close as feasible, the Ninth Circuit may have altered the landscape of the conventions this fall.

Both the Democratic Convention and the Republican Convention had designed speech zones away from the actual convention itself. The Republican Zone was within sight of the Arena while the Democratic Zone was significantly farther off.

Neither of the conventions are occurring within the Ninth Circuit, but because the suit was against the Secret Service, which will be performing the same duty in the fall, it seems that the decision should be easily estopped into force.

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