Supreme Court Overturns MSU Ordinance

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Michigan Supreme Court says an ordinance at Michigan State University illegally criminalizes free speech.
In a 5-2 decision, the court Friday threw out the misdemeanor conviction of Jared Rapp, an MSU law student in 2008. Rapp was accused of yelling at a parking-enforcement employee and taking his picture after finding a ticket on his car.
Ricardo Rego felt threatened and summoned campus police. An MSU ordinance bars people from disrupting the work of campus employees. But in this case, the Supreme Court says the ordinance goes too far.
Rapp's attorney, Nick Bostic, says the university should not be "running cases like this all the way up to the Supreme Court."
Bostic says Rapp's two-year probation was put on hold.


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