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Supreme Court Won’t Review Its Plaza Protest Ban

May 19, 2016, 4:00 AM

A decades-old law prohibiting protests on the U.S. Supreme Court plaza survived May 16, as the high court refused to take another look at the law (Hodge v. Talkin, 15-863).

In August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the ban, saying it didn’t run afoul of the First Amendment.

The ban serves the “government’s long-recognized interests in preserving decorum in the area of a courthouse and in assuring the appearance (and actuality) of a judiciary uninfluenced by public opinion and pressure,” Judge Srikanth Srinivasan—floated earlier this year as a potential Supreme Court nominee—wrote for ...

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