The Minnesota Supreme Court says part of a state law that prohibits disorderly conduct at public meetings if it disturbs others violates free speech rights. The challenge came from Robin Hensel of Little Falls, who displayed signs at a city council meeting depicting dead and deformed children and then at a later meeting refused to sit in a designated area. Hensel argues her disorderly conduct conviction violates her First Amendment rights. A majority of the high court agreed, saying the state law is overly broad and prohibits any activity that disturbs any lawful gathering if the protester knows it will have that effect.
Justices Lori Gildea and G. Barry Anderson dissented, arguing despite problems with the law its interpretation can be narrowed and it should *not* be struck down.