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Daily appeals ruling that labels misdeliveries 'littering,' newspaper 'garbage'01/23/95 NEVADA -- Saying its First Amendment rights were not taken into…

Daily appeals ruling that labels misdeliveries ‘littering,’ newspaper ‘garbage’

01/23/95

NEVADA — Saying its First Amendment rights were not taken into account, a Sparks newspaper appealed a municipal court ruling in mid-January that found the company guilty of depositing “rubbish and garbage” on a man’s front lawn.

In a December ruling, Judge Don Gladstone fined the Daily Sparks Tribune the maximum of $1,100 under the city’s littering ordinance after a property owner complained about repeated unsolicited newspaper deliveries to his home.

Randy Frisch, president and publisher of the Tribune, said the newspaper will argue on appeal that the city’s anti-littering ordinance is too broad; that the ruling is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment; and that newspaper distribution does not fall under a littering ordinance.

Frisch said the deliveries to the non-subscriber mistakenly could have been made by the newspaper’s independent contractor for that area, a 12-year-old boy. But the deliveries still should not have been classified as “littering,” he said.

“If you can’t distribute, there is no First Amendment,” Frisch said. “Ideas must have a means of distribution, and we do not feel such a newspaper is garbage.”