Saturday, April 29, 2017

Arkansas Disorderly Conduct Law Upheld Against Abortion Protesters

In Duhe v. City of Little Rock, Arkansas, (ED AR, April 27, 2017), an Arkansas federal district court upheld the constitutionality of Arkansas' disorderly conduct statute in a suit by two participants in a pro-life event known as Operation Save America. One of the participants was president of a Christian organization, Spirit One. The participants interfered with traffic flow in a clinic parking lot, while using a microphone and loudspeaker to present their views.  Their activity disturbed businesses in the area.  The court held that the disorderly conduct statute under which the two men were charged is neither vague nor overbroad, and is a permissible content-neutral time, place and manner regulation.