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  •  The media were allowed to keep filming before (7+ / 0-)

    and he was probably told by the police that they would not enforce a 'private prohibition' because it might open them up to '1983' lawsuits where they might lose their qualified immunity and be personally liable for violations of civil rights.  

    That's essentially what happened in the case reported on in the diary, excpet it was in a public square or something and the filming was of a police arrest.

    The 'government' function of a townhall would merit even greater protection under the 1st Amendment, but the location might be argued to be private.  However, if you're allowed in and the media are allowed to keep filming, this case would say private citizens should be allowed no less rights than the media.  

    Someone in a very expensive suit is at the front door and says he wants to foreclose on our democracy. Where should I tell him he can put his robosigning pen?

    by Into The Woods on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 06:29:31 PM PDT

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