California Supreme Court Rules on Free Speech in a “Public Forum”

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The state high court has ruled that Los Angeles International Airport can prohibit the solicitation of the immediate donations of funds as a "reasonable" restriction on free expression. The decision may also affect the ability of private property owners to restrict such activity. While the justices disagreed on, and did not decide, whether the pre-screening areas of an airport amount to a "public forum," the majority of the justices appeared to agree that the post-screening areas are not a public forum and, thus, areas where leafleting and picketing by employees and unions can be restricted. The case is International Society for Krishna Consciousness v. City of Los Angeles, California Supreme Court, Case No. S164272 (March 25, 2010).