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February 16, 2010

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES AGAINST CRTICAL MASS BIKERS

NY TIMES - A federal judge in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled that the City of New York did not violate the constitutional rights of cyclists by requiring them to file for parade permits when they rode in groups of 50 or more. The ruling is a blow to organizers of the Critical Mass bike protests in Manhattan.

The judge, Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern District of New York, said that he was sympathetic to the plaintiffs’ concerns and acknowledged their inconvenience. However, Judge Kaplan said the parade regulations and their enforcement by the New York Police Department did not violate the Constitution.

In 2007, the Five Borough Bicycle Club filed a lawsuit after the Police Department changed its rules, saying it would ticket or arrest a group of 50 cyclists or more who did not have a parade permit.

The Five Borough Bicycle Club said that they looked into applying for permits but said the process “was a bureaucratic nightmare.”

During the Republican National Convention in 2004, more than 100 cyclists were arrested for disorderly conduct after a group of about 5,000 cyclists rode past Madison Square Garden, protesting President Bush.



2 Comments:

Anonymous I never voted for Walmart. said...

Nowhere in the Bill of Rights is there any mention of inapplicability in the event any of government's corporate sponsors are inconvenienced.

February 17, 2010 7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" offer this prayer for America.

Let us pray that our nation will remember that the unfolding of the promise of democracy in our nation paralleled the striving and accomplishment of civil rights. That is why we must challenge the rationale of the Patriot Act. We must ask why should America put aside guarantees of constitutional justice?

How can we justify in effect canceling the First Amendment and the right of free speech, and the right to peacefully assemble?

How can we justify, in effect, the canceling the Fourth Amendment, probable cause, the prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure?

How can we justify, in effect, canceling the Fifth Amendment, nullifying due process, allowing for indefinite incarceration without a trial?

How can we justify, in effect, canceling the Sixth Amendment, the right to prompt and public trial?

How can we justify, in effect, canceling the Eighth Amendment which protects against cruel and unusual punishment?

We cannot justify widespread wiretaps and internet surveillance without judicial supervision, let alone with it.

We cannot justify secret searches without a warrant.

We cannot justify giving the Attorney General the ability to designate domestic terror groups.

We cannot justify giving the FBI total access to any type of data which may exist in any system anywhere, including medical and financial records.

We cannot justify giving the CIA the ability to target people in this country for domestic intelligence and intelligence surveillance.

We cannot justify a government which takes from the people our right to privacy and then assumes for its own operations a right to total secrecy..."
Dennis Kuccinich

February 18, 2010 10:46 AM  

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