Central Park's Free Speech Debate Heads to Court
March 12th, 2007
A federal judge has called for a trial to determine whether the Bloomberg administration violated the first amendment by denying a permit from protesters during the 2004 Republican National Convention for a rally on the Great Lawn in Central Park.
The Times editorial page hopes City Hall loses, and says Bloomberg’s “wild fixation on saving every blade of the Grade Lawn” is not justification for keeping protesters out of the only place in Manhattan where a large rally can be held. Likewise, liberal blog Daily Gotham said that the ruling was a “victory for free speech.”
The Daily News, though, says that officials did open some areas for protest, and therefore the assertion that Bloomberg was supressing dissent is “paranoia.”By Joshua Brustein on March 12, 2007, 7:14 am
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