MSU Parking Ticket Leads To Case At Supreme Court

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a free-speech case that began with a parking ticket at Michigan State University.
A Michigan State University law student was accused of yelling at a parking-enforcement employee and taking his picture after he found a ticket on his car in 2008. The employee reported feeling threatened and summoned campus police.
Jared Rapp was found guilty of violating a Michigan State ordinance that bars people from disrupting the work of campus employees. He was placed on probation for two years, ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and fined $873.
Rapp says the university ordinance is an illegal infringement on his free-speech rights. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday.

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