Federal judge scraps Cleveland’s ‘event zone’ security plan for RNC, citing free speech

Federal judge scraps Cleveland’s ‘event zone’ security plan for RNC, citing free speech

[Ed. – The ACLU brought suit against the Cleveland plan on behalf of the usual-suspect Soros squads.  Should be barrels of fun.  Judge James Gwin was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1997.]

A federal judge on Thursday scrapped the city of Cleveland’s plans for a heightened-security zone that would have encompassed most of downtown during the Republican National Convention, saying that the restrictions are burdensome to people who want to express their free-speech rights.

U.S. District Judge James Gwin’s ruling comes 25 days before Republican delegates and leaders will descend upon Cleveland and forces the city to redraw the boundaries to the so-called “event zone,” which would have encompassed a 3.5-square-mile area at the heart of the city.

The city indicated it would appeal the judge’s order, but the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, which brought the lawsuit, said the organization’s attorneys are now negotiating at the judge’s behest to come up with a compromise because of the short timeframe.

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