In Ball v. City of Lincoln, Nebraska, (8th Cir., Aug. 29, 2017), the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the city did not infringe the free speech rights of a city resident who insisted on handing out Christian religious literature in the plaza area of a municipal sports arena to those attending high school basketball tournaments. A majority of the 3-judge panel held that the entire plaza area is a non-public forum, and the policy barring leafleting in that area is reasonable. Judge Melloy dissented in part, concluding that a portion of the plaza area is a traditional public forum. Lincoln Journal-Star reports on the decision.



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