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Florida Supreme Court rules loud music statute 'invalid'

8:02 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Supreme Court of Florida has ruled a state statute that set restrictions on loud music has been found to be "invalid."

In the appeal before the state supreme court, State of Florida vs. Richard T. Catalano, Section 316.3045(1)(a) was ruled to be "an unreasonable restriction on the freedom of expression and is unconstitutionally overbroad, but is not unconstitutionally vague."

The state's high court also said that the statute was "invalid because it is an unreasonable restriction on the freedom of expression."

Some of the original aspects of the statute stated that it was unlawful for stereos or car stereos to be audible from 25 feet away or more and louder than necessary by people in the vehicle near schools, churches or hospitals.

Jordan Davis, 17, died after being shot during an argument at a Southside Jacksonville gas station that police say started over loud music. It is not yet certain how this ruling will impact that case.

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