- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Norfolk company’s First Amendment rights were not trampled when city officials cited a business owner for a critical banner.

The ruling was made Tuesday by a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond in the case of Central Radio Co.

The company filed the lawsuit in 2012. It argued its free speech rights were violated when it hung a large banner critical of the government’s use of eminent domain.

The majority of the divided three-judge panel called the ordinance “content neutral.”

Central Radio’s attorneys told The Virginian-Pilot they would ask the Supreme Court to review the decision.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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