In response to the historic Capitol occupation and ensuing daily protests in the rotunda, the Department of Administration issued rules that barred groups of more than 3 people from assembling without a permit. Some participants in anti-Walker protests were ticketed and arrested by Capitol Police.
But now a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction against those rules, suspending them while a lawsuit is pending. Judge William Conley says that groups of up to 20 people may now assemble in the State Capitol without a permit.
In this case, Porter represented Michael Kissick, a UW professor and would-be singer in the daily Solidarity Singalong protest. Kissick said the State’s rules and indiscriminate enforcement through ticketing prevented him from exercising his Constitutionally-protected right to free speech and assembly.
The case is scheduled for trial next January.
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