Event Permits

Two anti-abortion activists failed to establish a violation of their constitutional rights in their suit against the city of Huntsville, Alabama, challenging the city’s permit ordinance and noise provision in its special event permits, the Eleventh Circuit ruled. The activists didn’t prove that the provision “left them without ample alternative channels of communication.”

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Noise and Nuisance

A woman was properly convicted of “creating a loud noise and nuisance” at a federal courthouse in Alabama for her argument with security officers who wouldn’t let her enter an office, the Second Circuit ruled. The woman claimed she had no idea her conduct was illegal but the circuit court said a “reasonable person would understand that shouting at security officers in a courthouse” is not an innocent act.

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Abortion Rulings

The Alabama Supreme Court dismissed a man’s wrongful death suit against an abortion clinic, which provided a pill to his ex-girlfriend to end her pregnancy. The suit did not comply with appellate procedure. A concurring opinion in the case signed by four of the court’s justices urges the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule landmark abortion rulings Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and encourages “other courts across the country to raise their judicial voices” by pointing out “constitutional infirmities” of the rulings.

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