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Main Street Issue Back in Court

Main Street Issue Back in Court



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Carole Mikita Reporting The Main Street Plaza case was back in court today. Judge Dale Kimball heard arguments from three attorneys: the American Civil Liberties Union arguing that Main Street should still be a public forum, and attorneys for the city and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints saying free speech does not pertain to private property, which the plaza now is.

Allan Sullivan, LDS Church Attorney: "We've asked the court to dismiss the case altogether and we think we have a good shot of getting that type of relief. We presented, we believe a very cogent case for the dismissal of the entire ACLU litigation against the church and against the city."

Mark Lopez, ACLU Attorney: "We've been in the middle of half a dozen high profile cases in recent years trying to reverse that trend. Without exception, we've prevailed in every case. What makes this case a little unusual is that it involves the church."

The judge says he will issue a written opinion soon, but the case may end up at the 10th Circuit Court in Denver whatever that ruling.

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