Scott Flaherty Discusses Minnesota Supreme Court Decision Invalidating Law Barring Meeting Disturbance

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September 15, 2017

Shareholder Scott Flaherty was interviewed by the Associated Press (AP) for an article, “Supreme Court Invalidates Law that Bars Meeting Disturbance,” addressing a September 13 Minnesota Supreme Court decision, ruling part of a disorderly conduct law barring people from disturbing public meetings is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment. 

Flaherty, who sits on the board of Minnesota’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said this ruling doesn't legalize the broad interruption of meetings, and  other statutes can be used to address disruptive behavior. However, he said, the decision provides a road map if lawmakers choose to rewrite the law to pass constitutional muster.

The AP article was picked up by multiple publications.

Read the full article in the Star Tribune, here.