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  •  60 days? (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, courts have upheld laws establishing a REASONABLE time regulation.  60 days is unreasonable.

    •  How is 1 hour or 2 hours reasonable? (0+ / 0-)

      If the intent is to protest a particular event, how is it reasonable to put a restrictive time frame such that there is no event going on during the time frame in which it is legal to protest?

      I'm agreeing with you here. I agree with the majority. I also agree with the ACLU that these time frame laws are unconstitutional impingements on the exercise of free speech, because I don;t think even a plus or minus 1 or 2 hour window is reasonable.

      •  Well, I can put forth an argument that (1+ / 0-)
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        it is reasonable because the protest seeks to intrude on a private event.  So protestor's rights conflict with the 1st Amendment rights of the mourners not to be forced to listen to the speech.  Unlike TV that you can turn off, or street corner which you can avoid, you can't just leave the funeral.

        •  There are other remedies for that (0+ / 0-)

          i.e. they can't block the driveway, they can't come on private property, and they can't use bullhorns over a certain decibel level.

          Beyond that, the best way to counter offensive speech is with more free speech, as the buys on Harleys with flags have done, and the kids (including me) in angel costumes before that.

          •  Generally, I agree that the way to (0+ / 0-)

            counter speech is with more speech.  But in terms of a funeral that presents a problem.  The family may not want ANY speech, pro or con whatever issue.  They may just want to bury their loved ones in peace.  They are a captive audience.  And because they are, they have a 1st Am. right not to listen to speech.

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