7th Circuit Affirms Indiana’s Ban On Robocalls

first_img7th Circuit Affirms Indiana’s Ban On RobocallsDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comA political organization that argued Indiana’s ban on telephone robocalls disfavored political speech and was content discrimination got a terse reply from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday.“We don’t get it,” Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote in Patriotic Veterans, Inc. v. Greg Zoeller, Attorney General of Indiana, 16-2059. “Nothing in the statute … disfavors political speech. The statute as a whole disfavors cold calls (that is, calls to strangers), but if a recipient has authorized robocalls then the nature of the message is irrelevant.”Bans on computer-assisted robocalls that deliver recorded messages have been sustained in two circuits. But Patriotic Veterans sued to block I.C. §24-5-14-5 after South Carolina’s law was overturned and after the Supreme Court of the United States struck down an Arizona town ordinance regulating the content of signs in Reed v. Gilbert, 135 S. Ct 2218 (2015).But Easterbrook wrote that Indiana’s law bans robocalls not on the basis of content, but requires the consent of the person being called to use the technology.“No one can deny the legitimacy of the state’s goal: Preventing the phone (at home or in one’s pocket) from frequently ringing with unwanted calls. Every call uses some of the phone owner’s time and mental energy, both of which are precious,” Easterbrook wrote.“Preventing automated messages to persons who don’t want their peace and quiet disturbed is a valid time, place, and manner restriction.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Copiague Pedestrian Fatally Hit by Car

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 60-year-old North Amityville man was fatally hit by a car in Copiague on Thursday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Jorge Molina was walking in the roadway on Sunrise Highway when he was struck by an eastbound Hyundai Sonata between Great Neck Road and Bayview Road at 2:40 p.m.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead. The driver was neither injured nor charged.Route 27 was closed in both directions while investigators were on the scene.First Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-854-8152 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img

Television Override

first_imgDo you get upset when your favorite night time shows are delayed, or in some cases cancelled, because a sporting event goes long past its allotted time?  I noticed that 60 Minutes on Sunday is now scheduled one half hour later so that NFL Football can have extra time.  They still don’t seem to get the game in even with the extra half hour.Why is it so difficult to have games scheduled in time slots that they CAN stay within?  If you know the average game lasts 3 hours and 45 minutes, then schedule that amount of time.  We know why the sporting events get preference.  They generate the most advertisement money.  However, not everyone is a sports fan.  They should have the same right to their television shows as the football fans do.I certainly don’t advocate cutting the game off with 2 minutes to go like the famous “Heidi” game, but give them a time slot that they can fit into and keep the other programs on schedule as well.  Not many people want to watch their show at midnight because the network is that far behind.last_img read more

Muslims mark Eid outdoors

first_imgThousands of Muslim immigrants attended outdoor prayer services across Athens Tuesday to mark the festival of Eid-al-Adha, while police clashed with a small group of protesters from an extreme right group at one of the sites.The services at eight public squares and other areas in greater Athens occurred peacefully, but police cleared one square where Greek local residents and members of the far-right Chrysi Avgi – a group widely linked to a number violent attacks against immigrants – gathered. Police later briefly clashed with several dozen of its members.Protesters played loud music from a nearby apartment, threw eggs, and jeered at the immigrants throughout the hour-long service in the city’s Attiki Square.The incident occurred as tension grows over illegal immigration in Greece, the busiest transit point for human trafficking in the European Union.Leader of Chrysi Avgi, Nikos Michaloliakos, was elected to Athens’ City Council in local government elections that ended last weekend.Michaloliakos campaigned on anti-immigrant issues and against a long-delayed government plan to build a state-funded mosque in the Greek capital.“This is a protest against the effort to turn Athens’ public squares into an area of outdoor prayer for Muslims,” Michaloliakos told supporters who gathered at Attiki Square late Monday.On Tuesday, a group representing Muslim immigrants described the incident at Attiki Square as minor and thanked Greek authorities for sanctioning and policing the outdoor services, which were also held opposite Athens City Hall and outside the Athens University.“We don’t want to let anyone blacken the image of this country,” Naim Elghandour, head of the recently created Muslim Association of Greece, told Skai television.“We want to peacefully coexist with everyone else,” he said. “The prayers held today is not to exert pressure to build a mosque in Athens. That is a question of civilization, because Athens is the only capital city in the European Union without a mosque.”Athens’ Muslim community usually hold their prayer sessions at cultural centers or community halls or private apartments around the city.In the past, moves to build a mosque in the capital have been met with opposition from local residents and some priests of the Greek orthodox church.However, the current archbishop supports the construction of a mosque and the socialist government has set aside a site close to the city center, although building has not yet begun. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more