Recently, an Upstate South Carolina municipality found itself at the center of a First Amendment controversy when someone identifying himself as “Trey Citizen” conducted what is referred to as a “First Amendment Audit” — an activity or series of activities designed to see what response occurs when free speech rights are tested.
Varner and Segura’s Grant Varner sat down with a media outlet in an attempt to explain the nuances of this First Amendment Audit, but it is not a subject that lends itself well to sound bites.
The 45-minute interview was condensed in to 25 seconds, and the resulting broadcast story did not accurately reflect Varner’s complete statement or the rules of law as they applied in this case.
The day after the story aired, Grant was invited to join Joey Hudson and Martine Wilder on UPSTATE LIVE to discuss the controversy on 94.5 The Answer, to take calls from listeners, and to try to clear confusion created from boiling a constitutional explanation in to a single paragraph.
The radio program is available HERE, and we encourage anyone who has an interest in this case to listen to the show in its entirety.
If you find yourself in need of professional legal services or require legal representation, contact an attorney like Grant Varner with Varner and Segura. Visit Varner and Segura online at www.VarnerAndSeguraOnline.com or call (864) 271-2232.
NOTE: Nothing above or in the accompanying video is offered as legal advice, and nothing above or in the accompanying audio should be construed as a substitute for retained legal advice.
PHOTO CREDIT: “The Bill of Rights” by Ted Mielczarek (July 29, 2012) / Distributed Under Creative Commons.
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