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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Giant rats protected in New Jersey


TRENTON, N.J.: Even a 10-foot inflatable rat has free
speech rights in New Jersey, the state's Supreme Court ruled

In a case that pitted an International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers union local against a central Jersey town,
the high court ruled unanimously that the rodent is protected
speech under the First Amendment.

"The township's elimination of an entire medium of
expression without a readily available alternative renders the
ordinance overbroad," Justice John E. Wallace Jr. wrote for the

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