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ACLU, Ohio city reach agreement while court weighs sidewalk message ban; permit allows writing
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:58 PM EDT
The American Civil Liberties Union and a northwest Ohio city have reached a temporary deal over the city's ban on sidewalk messages.
The ACLU's Ohio chapter is suing the city. The organization argues in a federal lawsuit that the law violates free speech rights and also shouldn't apply to chalk messages. The group wants a judge to stop enforcement of the ordinance.
The issue arose last year when members of an Occupy group were threatened with arrest for writing chalk messages the night before a parade.
Under an agreement filed Thursday, the city has granted the group a permit to write messages. It will stay in effect while the court weighs the case.