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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Reed v. Town of Gilbert
Citation:135 S. Ct. 2218 (2015)
The town of Gilbert, Arizona, has adopted a comprehensive code governing the manner in which people may display outdoor signs. The Sign Code identifies various categories of signs based on the type of information they display, but imposes more stringent restrictions on signs that direct the public to a meeting of a nonprofit group. The Code, however, exempts three categories of signs; ideological signs, political signs, and temporary directional signs. The petitioners, the church and its pastor, placed temporary signs around the Town to inform the public about its services. The signs typically displayed the Church’s name, time, and location of the upcoming event. They were posted early on Saturday and removed around midday on Sunday.
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