Neighborhood Mosque

A city in Michigan properly negotiated a consent decree to permit the construction of a mosque in a residential neighborhood, the Sixth Circuit ruled. Citizens’ First Amendment rights were not violated when the mayor cut off public comments that were irrelevant to zoning considerations, such as commenters’ preference not to “live near Muslims.”

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Abortion Protester Wins Appeal

An anti-abortion protester is entitled to an injunction allowing him to to stand near the entrance of a Planned Parenthood clinic, the Sixth Circuit ruled. The court found that the street connected to the abortion clinic’s parking lot is privately owned, but it “has all the trappings of a public street” and can be considered a public forum.

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