Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Court Denies TRO To Stop Church's Amplified Music

According to the Durham News & Observer, a Durham, North Carolina state trial court yesterday, finding no likelihood of success on the merits, denied a temporary restraining order against amplified music played at a popular local church.  Neighbors of Newhope Church, one of the country's fastest growing congregations, claimed the music amounts to nuisance and trespass, that it harms their property values, as well as their ability to relax and find peace in their own homes. The church argued that the music complies with the city's noise ordinance, and that any attempt to regulate it would violate its 1st Amendment rights.