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Judge says rights of Providence leafleter violated

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A federal judge has ruled that a Providence woman’s free speech rights were violated when police told her to move from a public sidewalk as she handed out flyers critical of former mayor David Cicilline before one of his speeches. But US District Court Judge William Smith said it is not clear if her rights were violated because her flyer was critical of Cicilline, who is now a congressman. The ACLU sued on Judith Reilly’s behalf in 2010. The lawsuit named Dean Esserman, who was then police chief, and other officers. A city spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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