Robert Knight

Sounds like a federal case to me. Does it to you?

“Hassay’s only allegation of injury appears to be that the town’s maintenance of the noise ordinance ‘chills’ or deters Hassay’s, and others similarly situated, rights to free speech,” the city’s answer reads, according to the Maryland Coast Dispatch. “Nowhere in the complaint does Hassay contend that he or any other Boardwalk performer was actually cited, arrested, asked to leave the Boardwalk, compelled to leave the Boardwalk or told to stop playing his music… In fact, Hassay was invited to continue to play his music and perform, or to move elsewhere and continue to play if he so chose.…”

The ACLU complaint notes that the city tried in 2009 to ban amplifiers altogether, reversing that policy after a challenge from Mr. Hassay and the ACLU.

This year, when Mr. Hassay pulled back into town, his chariot was once again harnessed to the ACLU’s easily aroused legal beagles.

That’s one way to make noise.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.