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State sets limits to protect citizens from intimidation, abuse

It is a legitimate function of government to protect citizens from intimidation and abuse. Freedom of speech is not absolute, and the state’s establishment of reasonable limits serves to minimize civil strife. For the justices to find otherwise will potentially open challenges to many such proximity laws. Sex offenders living near elementary schools? Liquor stores near churches? What about the basis of zoning laws? Hard to imagine they want to start down that path.


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