Judge Strikes Law Banning Demonstrations at Supreme Court

, The National Law Journal


Departing from a long line of local court rulings, a federal judge in the District of Columbia on Tuesday struck down the 64-year-old law that prohibits demonstrations and displays on the grounds of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • Fitzgerald Scott

    Jeffery Light has been fighting this case for about a year or so now and won. It is a win for all activist everywhere. Just so happens, I am also represented Mr. Light. Thanks to Ann Wilcox for helping me through getting the charges dropped and introducing me to Mr. Light. My case is different from the case featured in this article because I was accused of protesting inside the Supreme Court not outside. With out a doubt my case is as good as won (says me). There was a hearing scheduled on June 12th, 2013 for arguments in my case but it was canceled due to the judge's medical emergency. Best regards to the judge in her trying time. Hopefully my judge, The Honorable Amy Jackson is as bold and courageous as The Honorable Judge Beryl Howel. Judge Howel's gutsy decision to stand up for the activist rather than following the status quo is brave to say the least and needs to be commended by activist everywhere, especially during these trying times. Thanks Robert Anthony Cruz for finding this article.


  • Andrea Rea

    Wow! I love this article! Twelve of us were arrested on the steps of the US Supreme Court on Jan. 20, 2012, the 2nd anniversary of the Court's split ruling in Citizen's United v FEC. We were peacefully exercising our first amendment rights to speak out against this ruling and corporate personhood. Six of us had a trial by jury for 5 days, and were found innocent on 10 out of 13 charges (in total). Our lawyers were fantastic--thank you Mark Goldstone, Ann Wilcox ,and George Lane.
    Please visit and like these two pages
    (1) "#J20 #OccupyCourts Trial"
    (2) "Occupy Department of Justice."

  • Aloysious Farquart

    [Howell also made short shrift of one of the key arguments that has been made in defense of the law, namely that it is necessary to preserve the image of the court as an institution "not swayed by external influence."]

    Who on earth manages to maintain that false image in their head... and how did Howell discover it...?

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