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SCOTUS asked to ok protests on SCOTUS grounds

The issue of whether the First Amendment allows protests on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court will soon land before the justices.

Members of a group arrested in 2008 after protesting the Guantanamo Bay detention camp on the steps of the Supreme Court will ask that very Court to rule that the arrests violated their free speech rights.

Attorney Mark Goldstone told the Huffington Post that the petition challenging a District of Columbia statute that makes it illegal to parade, stand or move in processions on Supreme Court grounds or in the court’s buildings would be filed by Monday.

“The Supreme Court may as well answer the question once and for all, if the statute, which appears blatantly unconstitutional, can survive constitutional muster,” Goldstone said.

A similar certiorari petition was filed earlier this year, and the Court declined to grant certiorari.

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