Members of City Council v. Taxpayers for Vincent
United States Supreme Court
466 U.S. 789 (1984)
A Los Angeles city ordinance prohibited the posting of signs on public property. During a political campaign involving Roland Vincent, Taxpayers for Vincent (plaintiff) posted political campaign signs on utility poles throughout the city. Pursuant to the ordinance, city employees removed approximately forty-eight of Vincent’s signs. Taxpayers for Vincent brought suit against Members of City Council (defendant) in federal district court on the ground that the sign removal violated the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech. The district court dismissed the case, but the court of appeals reversed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)
Dissent (Brennan, J.)