Concerts in Central Park, but no protesters
A federal judge ruled today that protesters cannot gather in Central Park (the most obvious gathering spot in the city) during the Republican National Convention next week.
The Associated Press reported, "Gail Donoghue, special assistant to the city's corporation counsel, had argued [before the judge] that the lawn would be ruined if 75,000 people gathered there for a rally on Saturday."
U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley III was also concerned about safety, according to the AP report.
But can there be safety without democracy? What happened to the right to peaceful assembly? Do judges no longer read the Constitution?