Perkins spokesman rule called constitutionally dicey

PERKINS TWP. Jeff Ferrell and Bill Dwelle might want to re-read the First Amendment. The two Perkins Township trustees
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

Jeff Ferrell and Bill Dwelle might want to re-read the First Amendment.

The two Perkins Township trustees may have violated the constitutional right to free speech when they passed a spokesperson policy Feb. 5.

While spokesperson policies are common in the corporate world and encouraged by the Ohio Township Association, free speech experts say this particular policy can be interpreted as unconstitutional.

"I question the entire policy on First Amendment grounds," said David Marburger, an attorney and free speech expert. "I have no respect for anybody who would draft or adopt a policy like this because it is so overtly baloney."

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