Judge Rules on Police Information

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge has struck down a
Florida law that made it a crime to publish police officers'
addresses and phone numbers to intimidate, hinder or interfere with their duties.

U.S. District Judge Richard Smoak ruled Friday that the law
violates free speech rights.

Smoak ruled in favor of a Tallahassee man, Robert Brayshaw, who challenged the law with help from the American Civil Liberties
Union.

Brayshaw had been charged with violating the law for posting on
a website the address and cell phone number along with criticism of a Tallahassee police officer.

The charge was dismissed because the state violated Florida's
speedy trial law.

Smoak also ordered the city to pay Brayshaw's $25,000 legal
expenses.


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