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Holman v. City of York, Snell v. City of York and McTernan v. City of York

Last Updated: 5/29/2020



ADF attorneys filed three separate lawsuit against the city of York, Penn., on behalf of three pro-life counselors arrested or threatened with arrest for exercising their First Amendment rights in a public area. John Holman was arrested for trespassing when he momentarily stepped onto Planned Parenthood's parking lot to avoid being struck by a large oncoming truck. Edward Snell was arrested when he attempted to distribute literature, and John McTernan was informed by a police officer that holding a pro-life sign in a public alleyway would result in his arrest. In 2010, ADF attorneys and allied attorneys reached a favorable settlement with the city of York on behalf of Mr. Snell and Mr. McTernan.


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