Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 9:30 a.m., KORWIN v. CITY OF PHOENIX; 1 CA-CV 12-0878
Arizona Court of Appeals, Courtroom Two, 2nd floor, 1501 W. Washington, Phoenix.
[Backgrounder: We put up "Guns Save Lives" billboards on 50 public bus stops under contract, city of Phoenix tore them down, Goldwater Institute is suing on our behalf, ACLU joined as amicus, it's now three years later.]
It's a big courtroom, you're invited, dress nicely, behave appropriately.
This is history in the making.
The case will be decided on the merits, but a big audience won't hurt us. Come on down and see the system at work.Can we say, "Guns Save Lives -- Educate Your Kids" in Phoenix or not? NOTE: Please forward this memo.
The ACLU has joined our case because the free speech, due process and equal protection elements are important and have major national implications.
Should the city be able to destroy our message because they don't like what we have to say? (They deny that's what's behind it all, but it's obvious from the evidence, written all over the case. This is the same city government that arranged to buy guns so they could destroy them, before the law stopped them.)
Can government really get away with arguing that a public bus stop is a non-public venue, so they have power to control our content? (That's at the heart of the "forum analysis" issue the ACLU chimed in on, from a 9th Circuit Court decision, that could take this all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.)
Should Phoenix be able to muzzle us but let others do essentially the same thing? (That's the equal protection part, with public-service ads and non-commercial ads all over town, but ours got singled out for special treatment -- like censorship and destruction.)
See the ads before they were torn down, and read details about the case:
Our new ads are now getting 1.8 million views daily on Phoenix streets:
Someone's got to say it.
The "news" media and edutainment camps certainly aren't.