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Political gadfly gets Supreme Ct. hearing

A Roanoke government gadfly who was tossed from a city council meeting after shouting from the back of the room has been granted an appeal by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

E. Duane Howard was convicted of disorderly conduct under a city ordinance and the Court of Appeals affirmed. Now, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Howard’s appeal based on, among other things, the argument that the “decision creates an unconstitutionally vague standard whereby speech can be determined to be disorderly conduct based purely upon the volume of the speech.”

By Peter Vieth

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