State v. Miner

556 N.W.2D 578 (1996)

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State v. Miner

Minnesota Court of Appeals
556 N.W.2D 578 (1996)

  • Written by Haley Gintis, JD

Facts

Jesse Miner, Renee Gardner, and others (defendants) protested deer hunting at a state park. The protestors yelled at the hunters and scared the deer away from the area. The State of Minnesota (plaintiff) charged the protestors with violating Minn. Stat. § 97A.037, which prohibits interfering with a legal hunter with the intent to prevent, disrupt, or dissuade the taking of a wild animal. The protestors moved to dismiss the charges on the ground that the statute violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The protestors argued that the statute restricted their free-speech rights and did not satisfy the time, place, and manner requirements for the restriction to be permissible. The protestors also argued that the statute was vague or overbroad and unconstitutional as applied to them because they intended to convey a message. The district court denied the motion. The protestors were convicted and appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Peterson, J.)

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