Large Rat Raises Significant First Amendment Issue

The the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has promised to appear a decision upholding the right of a small New Jersey town to ban the use of a 20-foot inflatable rat as a symbol of line crossers at a labor protest site. It raises a very interesting constitutional issue. The ordinance banning such signs is fairly common in limiting commercial speech. Here, however, we have pure political speech. The conflict between the first amendment and time-place-and-manner restrictions should be interesting.
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