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Court to Hold Hearing on Whether MTA Must Run Pamela Geller Anti-Jihad Bus Ad
The hearing is part of a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) on behalf of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), Pamela Geller, and Robert Spencer after the MTA refused to run the following ad:
MTA’s rejection was based upon its “security assessment,”
The federal court in lower Manhattan had previously ruled that the MTA’s rejection of the ad violated Ms. Geller’s First Amendment right to free speech and granted AFLC’s motion for a preliminary injunction. The MTA quickly changed its policy to preclude “political”
AFLC is asking the court to require the MTA to display the ad immediately.
AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi will represent AFDI, Geller, and Spencer at the hearing. Yerushalmi commented, “The MTA has targeted our client Pamela Geller because it and the PC-police don’t like her viewpoint about global jihad. Well, that just doesn’t cut it under the First Amendment. It is time for the MTA to act like a government agency bounded by the Constitution and not by a bureaucrat’s fear of an Islamic heckler’s veto.”
Yerushalmi continued, “If the MTA can get away with this obvious ploy to rewrite its regulations to come up with a new reason to violate the court’s order, it has successfully turned the law and the judicial system into its very own doormat.”
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 4:30 pm
Address: United States Courthouse, Courtroom 12B
500 Pearl Street New York, New York 10007
Judge: Honorable John G. Koeltl
Case: American Freedom Defense Initiative v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Case No. 1:14-cv-07928-
Note: David Yerushalmi will be available for interviews after the hearing.
David Yerushalmi, Esq.