Sunday, June 8, 2008

COMMENTARY: Does First Amendment Overrule Defiant Trespass Notice?

Another legal issue is whether Franklin & Marshall College can legally enforce a Defiant Trespass notice on a member of the media whose 'offense' is trying to obtain an interview. How can that be reconciled with First Amendment media rights?

John Fry has certainly opened a tin of worms by first seeking to intimidate, then banning, and later allowing his security officers to beat up and arrest across from Fry's home (apparently in Fry's presence!) an innocent member of the Fourth Estate to whom Fry has an aversion.

In Fry's defense, they probably don't teach democracy at business school!