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Supreme Court of the United States

Miano v. McCoy

Last Updated 5/29/2020


Anthony Miano, a Christian, was prohibited from sharing his faith on a public sidewalk outside the San Fernando Courthouse. Miano routinely distributed religious literature beginning in July 2008 between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. On Aug. 26, 2008, Miano was approached by a Los Angeles County sergeant and deputy sheriff, who informed him that he was not permitted to speak or hand out literature at that location. The officers provided Miano with a copy of a general order from the L.A. County Superior Courts detailing their regulation of speech activities outside county courthouses.

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