CASE LAW UPDATE: Blocking traffic is not First Amendment protected speech.
Defendant was charged with violating a statute that prohibiting blocking traffic. She had attended a rally. She was arrested for failing to move out of the street and onto a sidewalk during the event as police reopened the street. At the District Court level, defendant raised a constitutional challenge to the traffic ordinance prohibiting the obstruction of traffic, on the grounds that it was overbroad and vague, and violated her First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The District Court agreed. The City appealed. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, finding that the traffic ordinance prohibiting blocking traffic was constitutional.
Langford v. City of St. Louis, 20-1488, Colloton, J. Appealed from the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.