Supco Rules On Door To Door

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Monday, June 17, 2002 - 11:34 AM
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A small Ohio town says it's just trying to keep its residents from being bothered by people knocking on their doors -- but the supreme court says the local law violates free speech rights. The court today struck down a law requiring a permit for any door-to-door soliciting by a salesman or anyone eles in Stratton, Ohio. The eight-to-one ruling is a victory for the Jehovah's Witnesses, who religion calls for going door-to-door to preach. The court says the first amendment includes the right to take a message directly to someone's doorstep, and that right can't be limited by a requirement to register by name ahead of time. The majority justices says such a limitation is offensive "to the very notion of a free society."

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