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War protestors claim Crawford camping ban restricts free speech

[JURIST] A federal lawsuit was filed against McLennan County, Texas [government website] Monday by three war protestors claiming that new county ordinances prohibiting roadside parking and camping interferes with their ability to gather outside President Bush's Crawford ranch. Plaintiffs Richard Underhill, Benjamin Hart Viges, and Sherry Glover, who are represented by the Texas Civil Rights Project [official website], are seeking an injunction and unspecified damages [press release], claiming the ordinances limit free speech and are too broad and vague for consistent enforcement. Local officials claim the ordinances, which prohibit parking on 14 roads surrounding the ranch and camping in ditches, are necessary to reduce traffic. The plaintiffs expect to violate the ordinance over the holiday weekend as they join the Thanksgiving protest of peace activist Cindy Sheehan [Wikipedia profile] outside the ranch. AP has more.

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