Gathering petitions in a shopping mall
Mike Robins and a group
of his classmates went to their local shopping mall to seek
support for their opposition to a United Nations resolution
they believed to be anti-Semitic. They set up a table to distribute
pamphlets and to ask shoppers to sign a petition. A security
guard at the mall asked them to leave, and they did.
and his friends then sued the shopping mall, claiming that
their First Amendment rights had been violated. The shopping
mall responded that free expression could be restricted at
the mall because (1) it was private property, (2)
the shopping center’s regulations forbid “publicly expressive”
activities, and (3)
the actions of the protesters interfered with people shopping
and therefore with the merchants’ ability to make a living.
this speech protected?
not, what harm might occur as a result of the speech?
- What value or right is conflicting with
free speech in this case?