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WI Capitol Police Abridging Citizens Rights to Free Speech, 8 Arrested for Holding Signs

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Published on Sep 6, 2012

On September 5, 2012 the Wisconsin Capitol Police arrest 8 people and charge them with "Unlawful display of sign"

http://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/...

UPDATE: JUDGE RULES PERMIT NOT REQUIRED TO HOLD SIGNS IN ROTUNDA
http://wcmcoop.com/2012/09/07/court-o...

In a judgement issued yesterday(9-5-12) unrelated to this weeks arrests in the Capitol a Dane county judge included:

"Here, the Plaintiffs were issued citations for holding a sign on the first floor of the
rotunda. As such, their signs were not "erected, attached, [or] mounted," which therefore means that their actions could only fall within the text of § Adm. 2.07(2) if their signs were "displayed." However, the word "displayed" implies something more than an individual holding a handmade sign over their head. Instead, as is generally known, the Capitol rotunda is frequently a place where freestanding artwork and such things are showcased, especially around the holiday season.

The term "displayed" implies something like a freestanding exhibit showcased in the Capitol, not an individual holding a handmade sign over their head comparing the governor to a character in a comic book. Thus, the terms of § Adm. 2.07(2) does not prohibit the Plaintiffs' conduct."

Photos and additional footage courtesy of Leslie Amsterdam

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