Judge under fire, agrees to revisit controversial order

Judge's controversial order may be revised

JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- A judge's order that some say restricts free speech appears headed for revision.

Jacksonville First Amendment attorney George Gabel tells First Coast News that Judge Mark Mahon, Chief of the 4th Judicial Circuit, has agreed to revise his recent order banning speech that is degrading to or critical of judges.

The judge originally said that speech could not occur on the grounds of the Duval County Courthouse under penalty of arrest.

The order was a reaction to sometimes disruptive protests by the group Photography Is Not A Crime, but has been criticized by First Amendment lawyers around the country, who say that limiting the content of speech is unconstitutional.

Gabel says the judge agreed to revisit his order after our news partner, the Florida Times-Union, promised to appeal. However, the TU reports PINAC has also filed a federal lawsuit challenging the judge's order.

It's not known when the new order will be ready. You can read the full order here.


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