Correction: Sidewalk Chalk-ACLU story

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Posted: Oct 23, 2013 12:32 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — In a story Oct. 22 about a ban on sidewalk messages in Defiance, Ohio, The Associated Press erroneously identified the city for which David Williams works. He is the law director in Defiance, not Toledo.

A corrected version of the story is below:

ACLU sues Ohio city over sidewalk messages ban

ACLU sues Ohio city over sidewalk message ban, calls writing protected First Amendment speech

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the city of Defiance in northwest Ohio, alleging the city's ban on sidewalk messages shouldn't apply to chalk messages and violates free speech rights.

The city prohibits disfiguring sidewalks by painting words, names or ads on them. The issue arose last year when members of an Occupy protest group were threatened with arrest for writing messages in chalk on sidewalks.

The ACLU's Ohio chapter argued in its federal lawsuit Tuesday that the law is unconstitutional and asked a judge to stop its enforcement. The group also argued the law shouldn't apply to chalk because chalk's not permanent.

Defiance law director David Williams said he hadn't seen the complaint. He previously has said the ban has nothing to do with the messages' content.