Federal Judge Issues Restraining Order Against Minnehaha Ruling

(Minnehaha County, SD) — A federal judge is issuing a temporary restraining order against Minnehaha County. The recent ruling on petition circulation has been halted by Federal District Judge Roberto Lange on Thursday in response to a lawsuit filed by Dakotans for Health, a healthcare advocacy network and ballot question committee in South Dakota. The group argues that the county’s policy limited outdoor space for political speech, restricting South Dakotan’s First Amendment rights. Judge Lange’s ruling highlights the importance of the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, including petition circulation.

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