- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal appellate court has ruled that state troopers didn’t violate an evangelist’s First Amendment rights by asking him to stop preaching near state fairgrounds in 2013.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1hoo90r ) that a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled that Jason Powell’s lawsuit should go back to district court for a judge to decide whether unwritten policies fair officials use to manage protesters and advocacy groups are too vague to be enforceable.

Powell sued state and fair officials in June 2014, saying his rights to free speech were violated when law enforcement personnel during the 2013 Iowa State Fair asked him to leave the publicly owned grounds because he stood wearing Christian clothing and holding up a sign.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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