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St. Louis ordered to nix anti-leafleting law

By The Associated Press
02.05.10

ST. LOUIS — The city of St. Louis has been ordered to stop enforcing a law making it a crime to place leaflets on parked vehicles.

A consent judgment entered yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri says the city and its police department may not enforce the ordinance. The city also pledged to remove the law from the books.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri challenged the ordinance as a violation of free-speech rights in a lawsuit in December.

The case was brought on behalf of a group that placed fliers on the windshields of parked vehicles to alert owners to a petition drive on a controversial development.

City Attorney Patti Hageman did not return a phone call seeking comment.


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