TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 31, 2017
A march organized by several immigrant and refugee rights groups was denied a permit by the city of Memphis, reports the Commercial Appeal. Protesters claimed the city relied on a technicality in order to suppress their First Amendment rights, after they were told that they needed to give notice 14 days prior to the event in order to obtain a permit. However, the city Code of Ordinances allows exceptions for “spontaneous events occasioned by news or affairs coming into public knowledge within three days of such public assembly,” provided at least a 24-hour notice is given to the city.