Wyo. Trespass Laws Targeting Ag Researchers Struck Down

Law360 (October 30, 2018, 7:14 PM EDT) -- A Wyoming federal judge has struck down two state trespassing laws that he said unconstitutionally prevent private citizens from collecting information about agricultural pollution.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl on Monday said the 2015 laws — which prohibit people from entering land they don't own to collect data, such as pictures of noxious weeds, samples of polluted water, videos of injured animals or notes on the landscape — violate the First Amendment right to free speech and ordered the state to immediately stop enforcing them.

"There is simply no plausible reason for the specific curtailment of speech in the statutes beyond...

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