Judge mulls whether to strike down Denver policy limiting free speech at Red Rocks

Colorado Politics: A federal judge is weighing whether to halt enforcement of a Denver policy that restricts free speech activities to five poorly-trafficked locations at Red Rocks Amphitheater, as part of a broader lawsuit aimed at declaring the policy unconstitutional.

Joseph Maldonado of Broomfield challenged the First Amendment policy after Denver police officers and event staff told him in April 2019 that he could not preach to attendees of a Snoop Dogg concert on the sidewalk outside the amphitheater. After seeing the map of the five acceptable locations the city had established for “expressive activities,” Maldonado realized their locations would vastly diminish the size of his audience.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson heard from Maldonado’s attorney and the Denver City Attorney’s Office about whether he should grant a preliminary injunction to Maldonado while the case proceeds through the trial court.

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