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Ocean City settles with violinist

Friday - 11/22/2013, 1:59pm  ET

HIPPOLYTE MARBOUA
Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Ocean City is settling a free-speech challenge of the town's noise ordinance by a boardwalk violinist.

The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/17SAdLT) that the resort town will pay William Hassay Jr. $137,000 and drop the noise ordinance.

A suit filed in federal court on Hassay's behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland argued that the prohibition on amplified sound that is audible 30 feet away violated performers' First Amendment rights. The town responded that the ordinance was a reasonable and constitutional limit on the growth of amplified sound on the Boardwalk.

In July, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Lipton Hollander granted a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the ordinance she concluded was likely unconstitutional.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.mddailyrecord.com


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