Following a state court ruling earlier this year dismissing criminal charges against "Jews for Jesus" missionary Susan Mendelson who was arrested for violating park rules in distributing literature in Burns Park in the Town of Oyster Bay, New York (see prior posting), a federal court lawsuit seeking to enjoin further enforcement of the Town's permit regulations has been filed. The challenged code and regulations require a permit to distribute leaflets in Town parks. Mendelson refused to limit her distribution to a fixed table location in the park as authorities demanded. The complaint (full text) in Jews for Jesus, Inc. v. Town of Oyster Bay, (ED NY, filed 5/7/2009), alleges that Town of Oyster Bay Code § 168-16 and Regulations promulgated under it, as well as the town's actions against her, violate the 1st and 14th amendments as well as the free speech provisions of New York's constitution. The complaint also seeks a declaratory judgment. An Alliance Defense Fund release yeaterday announced the filing of the lawsuit.