Judges rule public street, sidewalk aren’t ‘public’

When is a public street not a public street? And when is a public sidewalk not a public sidewalk?

Apparently when a panel of three judges makes that claim, according to a dispute that has developed over Rodney Keister, a street preacher.

He was ordered by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to shut up, because he was on public sidewalks that ran through their campus.

Keister is defended by Nate Kellum at the Center for Religious Expression, which is seeking a hearing from the full 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

It’s because, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, while there are a number of good reasons for speech to be limited depending on location, being surrounded by a university campus isn’t one.

ACLJ argued that like the “Blob” in the movie of that name, which consumes anything it touches, the



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