Friday, April 16, 2004

Perennial protester sues city for $1M

The Cincinnati Enquirer

A Cincinnati boycott activist filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in an effort to block a new rule cracking down on disruptive behavior at Cincinnati City Council meetings.

The rule, approved Wednesday by an 8-1 vote, allows the mayor and committee chairs to ban citizens from speaking at a council meeting for 60 days if they use profane language or make personal attacks.

Nathaniel Livingston Jr. filed suit for $1 million, saying the rule - and similar rules for speech on Fountain Square - are an abridgement of his free speech rights. Livingston has been arrested or ticketed six times in the past year for trespassing or disorderly conduct at protests.

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