Fred Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Leader

Fred Shuttlesworth, the “fearless” civil rights leader, died today at 89.  You can read about him here.  His work affects us here in Hawai’i today – he was the named plaintiff in a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court case about “prior restraint” of free speech (that is, whether one needs the government’s prior approval before having a march or a rally).  This case, which you can read here, still helps to protect the rights of all of Hawaii’s people to have their voices heard by the government – including our clients, the Meiers, and all those who wish to demonstrate at  next month’s APEC conference.

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