Restrictions Sought For Funeral Protesters

Friday, March 25, 2011 – Steve Fermier and Carroll County Times
Officials in Carroll County are working fast to come up with a list of restrictions on possible protests at a military funeral in a few days.

But it may be too late for the next burial for a military serviceman. 

County commissioners are feeling conflicted.

The U.S. Supreme Court made it clear that first amendment rights trump privacy at least from the Al Snyder lawsuit which really started in Carroll County and ended a few weeks ago in favor of the Westboro group.

But with a service set in a few days for Staff Sgt. James Malachowski who died in Afghanistan the effort has been to come up with an ordinance regulating where protesters can stand.

One commissioner told the Carroll County Times he thinks a 100 foot restriction is too close…and a thousand feet is too far and deprives them of their Constitutional rights.

The County Commissioners have asked the County Attorney, Kim Millender, to work something up that would include schools and hospitals because there are noise restrictions now in place.

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