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‘A Win for Civil Rights’: Federal Judge Blocks Florida GOP’s Anti-Protest Law – Common Dreams

Civil liberties and racial justice advocates are celebrating after a federal judge ruled Thursday that Florida's anti-protest law is unconstitutional and therefore unenforceable.In his 90-page decision (pdf) granting civil rights groups' request for a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said the law—passed by Florida's GOP-controlled House and Senate and signed in April by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in response to demonstrations against police violence and racial injustice—violates rights to free speech and peaceful assembly as well as due process protections.The ACLU of Florida explained that a key provision of H.B. 1 "redefines the crime of 'riot' and imposes harsh penalties for …

 

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