ACLU challenges South Bend on street performers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a South Bend man who is challenging that city's law requiring street performers to obtain a permit to perform in certain areas.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court contends the South Bend law passed in December that regulates when and where street performers can perform sets vague and unconstitutional limits. The ordinance state violators can be fined up to $500.

The ACLU contends the statute violates the First Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The ACLU was filed on behalf of Rick Peden, who objects to having to pay the $20 permit fee and to having to provide personal information to obtain the permit.

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