Free Speech Press Release

06.16.16

ACLU Asks for Speedy Resolution in RNC Lawsuit

Free Speech

CLEVELAND—The ACLU of Ohio filed a motion today in their lawsuit over regulations for the Republican National Convention offering to reduce the timeline in order to reach resolution for their clients who wish to plan events during the convention. The motion also informs the court that the city has ignored its stated policy for issuing permits on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Every day that passes without action from the city erodes the rights of people who want exercise their rights at the convention,” said Christine Link, executive director of the ACLU of Ohio. “The city’s apparent change in protocol gives an impression of retaliation or discrimination against certain applicants.”

“The delays by the city are made worse by the decision to give permits for artificially-scare time slots based on unknown criteria. The convention is rapidly approaching, and we believe the court must act quickly in order to protect people’s First Amendment rights,” Link said.

Read the Motion to Modify Briefing Schedule.

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