TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Nov 14, 2012

U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee Judge Todd Campbell dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Brentwood ordinance that prevents street vendors of the newspaper The Contributor from selling to vehicle occupants from sidewalks, the City Paper reports. The American Civil Liberties Union backed The Contributor, which is sold by homeless and formerly homeless vendors. The suit claimed the ordinance suppressed its constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of the press. Judge Campbell ruled in favor of the city of Brentwood whose attorneys argued that the sale of the newspaper from sidewalk to vehicles at stoplights was a safety and traffic issue.