First Amendment http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Manchester's Funeral Protest Ban http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-appeals-court-reinstates-manchesters-funeral-protest-ban <p>A federal appeals court has ruled that efforts by the city of Manchester to limit protests by the Westboro Baptist Church is constitutional, despite the fact that it limits free speech.</p><p>The ordinance, which has been amended several times, was first adopted in 2007. &nbsp;The final version limits picketing or other protest activities within 300 feet of the site of any funeral or burial service within an hour before or an hour after the ceremony. There are no restrictions on picketing during processions.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:53:08 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 5450 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Manchester's Funeral Protest Ban Appeals court strikes down St. Louis protest ordinance http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/appeals-court-strikes-down-st-louis-protest-ordinance <p><strong>Updated at 8:35 p.m. with statement from city.</strong></p><p>A federal appeals court <a href="http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/12/08/103761P.pdf">has ruled</a> that a St. Louis city ordinance regulating street-side protests &quot;excessively chills free speech&quot; because it does not make clear exactly when those protests become a traffic hazard.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 18:21:12 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4260 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Appeals court strikes down St. Louis protest ordinance