TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jan 17, 2014

The Contributor newspaper missed a December deadline to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling banning street sales of the newspaper in Brentwood, the Tennessean reports. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of The Contributor after several vendors were fined for selling the papers along the roads, claiming that the city codes were unconstitutional. In 2011, the city loosened an ordinance that banned selling items and advertising in the right of way to allow the paper and similar materials to be sold on sidewalks, just as long as the vendors didn’t venture into the streets. The Contributor continued its legal case, but a panel of three judges from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a U.S District Court decision in favor of the city of Brentwood.