Monday, June 30, 2008

ACLU amends parade route suit

The Post:
The ACLU and 13 advocacy groups are asking for the following changes:

An increase in the size and location of the public demonstration zone in Lot A of the Pepsi Center so that people in the zone can access delegates through sight and sound and an electrically-powered sound amplification system.

Change the parameters of the zone to accommodate more people marching to the Pepsi Center during the convention.

Stop searches of people or possessions where such searches are based on a person's entry into the zone rather than "probable cause" or "reasonable suspicion."

Allow for the distribution of leaflets and pamphlets to the delgates.

Allow for parades that pass by the Pepsi Center along the south side of Chopper Circle and the adjoining east side of Ninth Street during times when the delegates are present.

Allow alternative parades requested by Recreate 68 to the federal courthouse on Aug. 25 and by Escuela Tlatelolco to Sunken Gardens Park on Aug. 26.

U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger has set July 29 for an all-day evidentiary hearing on the issues and plans to visit the convention site the night before.

City and federal officials have told the groups that the public demonstration zone will be surrounded by chicken wire or chain-link fencing to allow for sight and sound, but the groups contend the conditions are stifling.
Chuckle of the day: An earlier Post story on the revised suit has a comment from one Pauly b: "To those who say that they are looking forward to 'seeing Denver burn'. Remember this. I and a lot of people like me will be down there 24/7 filming EVERYTHING! If a Republican protester starts a riot it WILL be on tape."

Curses, foiled again!

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