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How come the nude protesters were not arrested?

Public nudity is illegal in New York as it is in almost every U.S. jurisdiction. And, if the police had arrested the nude protesters, the arrests probably would have been upheld in court, because a ...
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Would a giant "F*** BIDEN" flag mounted on a truck be first amendment protected?

The First Amendment controls in the US, so it does not matter if this is Idaho or Berkeley CA. This is clearly an expression of a political viewpoint, which is protected by the First Amendment. Any ...
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Would a giant "F*** BIDEN" flag mounted on a truck be first amendment protected?

Let me paint you a picture. It's April 26, 1968. We're in the corridors of an LA courthouse. Paul Robert Cohen is wearing a leather jacket, upon which he has written in white lettering 3 words. Some ...
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How come the nude protesters were not arrested?

Any anti-nudity law is subordinate to the First Amendment to the US Constitution. The action clearly constitutes political expression, which is protected. Not every imaginable action can be excused if ...
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Clicking ads as a form of protest or boycott

No, it's not illegal... Ads are shown as a contract between the site that hosts it and the advertising company. The contract does not stipulate that customers need to buy something, in fact, the ...
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How come the nude protesters were not arrested?

It appears that the protesters were not actually nude. The article linked in the question states that they were covered "with stickers of photographed male nipples, to highlight the rigid — and ...
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Could you be charged with manslaughter for obstructing an ambulance?

Charged? Of course, the police can charge you with anything at any time Could you be convicted? Maybe. Their best shot is charging you with “Manslaughter by an unlawful and dangerous act” also called ...
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Who can stop a member of the public from peacefully protesting a private club who rents their space?

The club renting space from the shopping center makes no difference; the difference is public vs. private land. The legal controller of the land you are on - whether the shopping center, the club or ...
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Trespass against easements?

can I tell the cops I am happy with those people being on my land? You're assuming that a police officer will accept your formulation of the question as being about whether you are "happy" ...
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Would a giant "F*** BIDEN" flag mounted on a truck be first amendment protected?

I must agree with the answer by user6726. But I want to call specific attention to a US Supreme Court case that is exactly on point, Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971) I think it only appropriate ...
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Who can stop a member of the public from peacefully protesting a private club who rents their space?

There were 2 cases which determined whether "pamphleteering" on walkways of privately-owned shopping malls was protected as free speech. Every time I try to search for them, for some reason, ...
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How come the nude protesters were not arrested?

While I think all of the answers thus far are good, they miss a critical point. The law doesn't ban nudity, it bans indecent exposure. In New York State females have a right to be topless in public as ...
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Can I object to a flight attendant praising TV characters for 5 minutes?

Do flight attendants have an unlimited leeway of forcing the passengers to listen to their gibberish that are completely unrelated to their duties? Pretty much, I'd say. It may not be a good ...
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What exactly is illegal about the Canadian trucking protests?

You can't break the law just because you say "I'm protesting" While Canadians have a right to gather and protest in their charter of rights, such protests must be conducted lawfully. In the ...
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Clicking ads as a form of protest or boycott

Legalities aside... You will most likely achieve the opposite with an interesting side effect. The campaign will prove to be very effective (as per the number of clicks), but the side owner may be ...
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How come the nude protesters were not arrested?

Laws against public nudity, usually termed "indecent exposure", are not federal laws in the US. They are either sate laws, or in many cases, local laws (city, county, or other local jurisdiction). ...
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Is it legal to place difficult-to-remove deliberately-annoying alarms in a building without permission to do so?

australia There are likely several offences under the Inclosed Lands Protection Act 1901. Under s4 it is unlawful to enter into inclosed lands (which includes all buildings) without the consent of the ...
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When does free speech become disordely conduct or disturbing the peace?

It is unlikely that Bob's conduct would constitute disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace in the fact pattern you described and the police and the Mayor who ordered to police to act have probably ...
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Is it permitted to use electric amplification in political demonstrations outside of the parliament Square estate area as of 2022?

It seems to me that some commentators/articles have inadvertently conflated different legislation and a recent event involving the seizure of equipment from protester Steve Bray in Parliament Square. ...
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Why did Steve Bray have his sound system seized?

It says in the article The Metropolitan police said Bray’s equipment had been seized under section 145 of the 2011 Police Reform Social Responsibility Act, which gives the force power to seize items ...
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Is "slow walking" legal?

In my State (Louisiana, USA), pedestrians may walk on the side of the road. No guidance is given on how fast they should walk. Pedestrians are not allowed to walk in the middle of the street. In the ...
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Throwing tomatoes at a poster of a politician

If you contain and clean up the mess and don’t create a public nuisance, you’re good to go.
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What is the legality of France specifically banning all pro-Palestinian protests?

germany In Germany on Friday 13th a lot of pro-Palestinian protests on the same day and Saturday 14th of October 2023 were banned. The ARD did report about the legal situation while various outlets ...
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How does direct action result in a civil claims?

A wronged party has discretion to sue or not sue. Many considerations go into deciding whether to sue, including: likelihood of success likely amount recovered ability of defendant to pay the time, ...
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How does direct action result in a civil claims?

Greenpeace has been sued many, many times While you may not have heard of it before, suits against (and by) Greenpeace and other environmental (and other protest) organisations are a relatively common ...
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Placing bricks on a sidewalk to instigate protests

In DC, brick-throwing is against the law, as are rioting and disorderly conduct. The guy who drops off the bricks hasn't done any of those things. Doing things that might result in a law violation is ...
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Clicking ads as a form of protest or boycott

While it most likely is not illegal (because it is solicited access), it's not likely to be effective. Advertising is one of the components of the online world that is most responsive to ...
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