Want to read more? Subscribe Now or Sign In
Hide ( X )
  • THE CRIME REPORT - Your Complete Criminal Justice Resource

  • Investigative News Network
  • Welcome to the Crime Report. Today is

Crime and Justice News

Florida Court: It's a First Amendment Right To Play Loud Music From Your Car

December 14, 2012 07:06:00 am

Souped-up vehicle sound systems announcing their presence on the block with every thump, thump, thump of the bass draw the ire of light sleepers and eye-rolls from the unimpressed but the Miami Herald says they now have a powerful group of supporters lined up on their side: The Florida Supreme Court. Yesterday, the court struck down a law that made it illegal for music coming from a car to be “plainly audible” from 25 feet or more.

Lawyer Richard Catalano won reversal of a $73 ticket he got on his way to work as a Justin Timberlake song blasted from his sound system. The justices called the law unconstitutional and an “unreasonable restriction on the freedom of expression.” They wrote that it violated free speech rights for several reasons, including that the law exempted vehicles used for business or political purposes. The justices said the right to play amplified music in public is protected under the First Amendment.

« Article List
No Comments yet

TCR at a Glance

Treating Mentally Ill Offenders

June 30, 2015

An Illinois lawsuit claims “deliberate indifference’ to the needs of the state’s 11,000 mentally ill prisoners.

Locked Up and Alone

special report June 29, 2015

Is isolating troubled kids solitary confinement? A California debate draws national attention.

Reinventing American Policing

commentary June 24, 2015

Top criminologists Cynthia Lum and Daniel Nagin propose a “seven-point blueprint for the 21st Century"