June 22, 2021

Billboard political speech ban ruled unconstitutional

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The case is Maldonado v. Kempton, 02-03167. SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge on Thursday declared unconstitutional part of a California ordinance banning political and most other noncommercial speech on billboards visible along state highways. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled in favor of a Redwood City warehouse owner who was sued by the state Department of Transportation over messages displayed on his 800-foot billboard atop his business. Among other statements, the signs said “We Pray for World Peace” and “Help Stop Terrorism.” The 1967 law covers billboards along highways and those visible to highway motorists. Breyer said the law was unconstitutional because it was slanted against political and noncommercial speech while permitting business advertising. Nano Maldonado’s billboard atop his 3600 Rolison Road warehouse is visible on southbound lanes of Highway 101 in Redwood City. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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