Legal Feature


U.S. Court of Appeals Opinion: Hodge v. Talkin, et al.



August 28, 2015

In a blow to First Amendment rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has upheld as “reasonable” a 60-year old federal statute criminalizing expressive First Amendment activity on the Supreme Court plaza. The appeals court’s ruling reverses a lower court decision in Hodge v. Talkin, et al., that found the ban to be “repugnant” to the Constitution and “unreasonable, substantially overbroad, and irreconcilable with the First Amendment.”

Click here to read the opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Hodge v. Talkin.