By Matt Peterson
An appellate court ruled Tuesday that the city of Dallas can’t prevent vendors from selling their materials about the assassination of John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza downtown.
WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reports that the Dallas County Criminal Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision to toss out the city’s case against Robert Groden, a longtime conspiracy theorist and vendor.
He was arrested in 2010 for selling merchandise at the plaza. But the court found that the city had not listed Dealey Plaza as a park and there were no procedures in place to obtain permits to sell merchandise.
The city had contended vendors were harassing visitors, but it said it will not appeal the case further.
Since Groden’s arrest, the City Council has revised its ordinances to allow the sale of First Amendment-protected items.