- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln man ticketed by police for handing out religious leaflets too close to the front of Pinnacle Bank Arena argued his case before a judge this week in his lawsuit against the city of Lincoln.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1IqHu6W ) that 78-year-old Larry Ball testified Thursday that his purpose was to hand out the gospel of Jesus Christ and that the area in which he was doing it is public property.

Ball’s lawsuit says arena policies violate his free speech rights. The lawsuit names the mayor, the police chief and the arena operator, SMG.

Ball was arrested and cited earlier this year for trespassing during the girls state basketball tournament. A year ago, he was arrested and cited outside the state boys basketball tournament.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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