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You aren’t supposed to protest at the Supreme Court anymore

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Pro-life activists protest at the Supreme Court in 2015. (American Life League/Flickr)

The Supreme Court banned all kinds of demonstrations and signs on its grounds. Protestors who really want to stand in front of the court and protest, now, have to do it off the plaza.

Why is this case so important?

First Amendment rights matter to many people. They want their voices to be heard, up close and center. One example is a student who was arrested in 2011 for standing with a sign that said:

“The U.S. Gov. Allows Police To Illegally Murder And Brutalize African Americans And Hispanic People.”

He filed the case against the marshal who arrested him.

Well, the justices are trying to show they're not swayed by popular opinion. Even if 1,000 pro-life activists are standing on their doorstep, they want to be impartial.

This is all part of a 1949 law and is mostly dealing with public perception of how the court functions.

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You aren’t supposed to protest at the Supreme Court anymore

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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