Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) was able to get all criminal charges dropped against a group of five street preachers in Washington State after explaining the unconstitutionality of the ordinance to the prosecutor. The group had originally been cited for violating a noise ordinance while standing on a public sidewalk outside Washougal High School and holding signs and speaking to students after classes had ended in November 2017. Even though the group of evangelists had obtained approval for their activities from a code enforcement officer prior to the incident, they were still charged with disturbing the peace. PJI was able to argue that the city’s ordinance violated free speech. “We cannot afford to lose our most basic First Amendment freedoms in America,” said Kevin Snider of PJI. “It is sobering that what our clients experienced in this case reminded them of experiences in the former Soviet Union. In the last six months, PJI has represented numerous public evangelists against criminal charges in California, Nevada, Washington, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Michigan.
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