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Municipal – First Amendment – Public Meeting – Topic Choice

The 4th Circuit upholds a Virginia county’s policy prohibiting “personal attacks” at planning commission meetings, but says the commission did not violate a speaker’s First Amendment rights by removing him from a public meeting after he refused to address the only topic for which the public hearing had been opened, and behaved in a hostile and disruptive manner.
Steinburg v. Chesterfield County Planning Comm’n (USCA) (VLW 008-2-094) (22 pp.)

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