Philly Shouldn't Have Refused NAACP Airport Ad, Judge Says

Law360, New York (August 4, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Friday that the city of Philadelphia had violated the NAACP’s free speech rights by refusing to let it place an advertisement on America’s high prison rates at Philadelphia International Airport.

U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe rejected the city’s arguments that the airport’s written policy not allowing advertisements that do not propose a commercial transaction is reasonable, saying it violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“The NAACP has pointed to considerable evidence that supports the conclusion that to display non-commercial ads, like the NAACP’s, would be perfectly compatible with a multipurpose terminal containing many adult-oriented...

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