Court approves 'Impeach Obama' overpass banners
The “Impeach Obama” banners that have appeared on overpasses across the United States could return to Dallas in the wake of a federal judge’s acceptance of a consent judgment in which the city admitted its rules violated the First Amendment.
The city adopted fines of up to $500 for “certain expressive activities on pedestrian overpasses over designated highways.”
The restrictions, however, have been eliminated by a final consent judgment signed by U.S. District Judge David Godbey.
His ruling, signed Monday, said judgment was entered in favor of the protesters and against the city. He decided the city should pay a $1 penalty in the case but also nearly $25,000 in legal fees and costs.
“The nominal damages award represents a legal determination that plaintiffs suffered a deprivation of constitutional rights,” he wrote.
The legal team brought the case about a year ago on behalf of the North Dallas Chapter of Overpasses for America and its leader, Valerie Villarreal.