Judge Has Yet to Issue Order on Main Street Plaza

Judge Has Yet to Issue Order on Main Street Plaza

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart has yet to issue the judgment implementing the tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that speech and behavior restrictions on the LDS Church's Main Street plaza are unconstitutional.

The church and Salt Lake City want him to wait even longer. But the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah says the city is trying to avoid its duties to ensure free expression.

ACLU advising attorney Stephen Clark said, "You don't ignore the mandate of the tenth Circuit while the city and church connive to undermine the judgment,".

In separate court filings last week, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the city said a judgment would be premature. They said the city's plan to vacate its public easement on the block sold to the church would make the tenth Circuit's October ruling moot.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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