The grounds outside the U.S. Supreme Court have long been a place for protests, rallies, and other "expressive events."
But exactly just what could be said and where the public could assert its First Amendment rights was a source of contention -- at least until Thursday.
That's when court officials issued new rules.
The regulations clarify a 60-year-old law blocking any demonstrations on court property, including the marble plaza that serves as the dramatic gateway to the building itself.
"The term demonstration includes demonstrations, picketing, speechmaking, marching, holding vigils or religious services and all other like forms of conduct that involve the communication or expression of views or grievances, engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which is reasonably likely to draw a crowd or onlookers," says the revised Regulation 7, which was effective Thursday.
"The term does not include casual use by visitors or tourists that is not reasonably likely to attract a crowd or onlookers."
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