After Suit, City Council Stops Public Comment Prohibition Rule

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At their Monday night meeting, Charlottesville City Councilors announced they would not be enforcing rule “9-G” which falls under "Matters of the public and public hearings."

This rule states: "Improper comments and disorderly conduct are not permitted. Persons appearing before the council will not be allowed defamatory attack on individuals or groups."

This modification follows a federal judge's ruling that this rule is unconstitutional and in violation of the First and Fourteenth amendments.

In June 2016, Joseph Draego argued that he was unfairly cut off by City Councilors during public comment, when they stopped him from making further comments about Muslims and gun control. 

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