The Institute for Justice announced today that:

The U.S. Supreme Court today vacated a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judgment that had allowed the city of Norfolk, Va. to suppress a banner protesting the government’s illegal attempt to seize private property by eminent domain….

“This is a twin victory for free speech and property rights,” said Michael Bindas, a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice (IJ), which represents Central Radio Company, the small Norfolk business that placed the protest banner on the side of its building when the government tried to seize it. “Citizens must be free to speak out in protest when the government violates their property rights.”

Upon hearing today’s news, Bob Wilson, one of Central Radio’s owners, exclaimed, “I am ecstatic! My local government violated my constitutional rights, but today, the U.S. Supreme Court restored those rights, and it restored my faith in our nation’s justice system.”