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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Seventh Circuit found Indiana curfew law unconstitutional

On January 22, 2004, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that an Indiana curfew law was unconstitutional because it interfered with minors' rights to free speech. The court held that "the new curfew leaves minors on their way to or from protected First Amendment activity vulnerable to arrest and thus creates a chill that unconstitutionally imposes on their First Amendment rights." The Indiana law had required minors to be indoors between the hours of 11PM and 5AM on weekdays, and 1 and 5AM on weekends. The court found that the law was "not narrowly tailored to serve a significant governmental interest and fails to allow for ample alternative channels for expression."

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