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 on March 12, 2007, 7:14 am
In category: Civil Rights,Gotham City,Law,Parks | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “Central Park's Free Speech Debate Heads to Court”

  1. Robert Brad Says:
    March 12th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Mayor Bloomberg has a history of not respecting the rights of the individual.

    Civil Rights Attorney Norman Seigel proved that when he took the Administration to court. The court realized what Mayor Bloomberg had done. He felt that, even if the City lost it’s case, his immediate goal was achieved at the time. Keep protesters out of the public eye during the coinvention.

    Mayor Bloomberg is good in certain areas. But, first & foremost he a business man, and a shrewd one at that. He knows how ot use the system t ohis advantage. In this case, he is aware of the long timeline between doing something, and having that opinion eventually second guessed & rulled illegal by the courts.

    The great lawn has survived many concerts. Surely it could have survived a protest.

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