Missouri Court is Asked to Dismiss Charges Assaulting First Amendment Rights

Missouri Court is Asked to Dismiss Charges Assaulting First Amendment Rights


Available for Interviews: Thomas More Society Attorneys and Client in St. Louis Pro-Life Cases


Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, tc@tcpr.net


(December 6, 2013 – Saint Louis, Missouri) Thomas More Society chief counsel Tom Brejcha and Executive Director of Coalition for Life Saint Louis Brian Westbrook will be available for interviews following today’s hearing for a Motion to Dismiss in a pivotal First Amendment rights case.


WHEN: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9 a.m. (CENTRAL)


WHAT: Judicial hearing of Motion to Dismiss in City of St. Louis v. Brian Westbrook and City of St. Louis v. Rita Sparrow


WHO: Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of Thomas More Society

Brian Westbrook, executive director of Coalition for Life St. Louis, director of the local 40 Days for Life


WHERE: 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri, Division 24 Carnahan Courthouse, 1114 Market Street, Saint Louis, Missouri  63101

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·        Brian Westbrook was arrested by Saint Louis Metropolitan Police and charged with deceptive business practice on July 12, 2013, for displaying a sign offering “Free Pregnancy Test & Ultrasound” and directing women considering abortions to a mobile ultrasound unit across the street.

·        Rita Sparrow was arrested by the police in October for “littering with household goods” for using a folding chair to hold up her pro-life signs outside the Planned Parenthood clinic.


Thomas More Society attorneys have filed the Motion to Dismiss because of the prejudicial misapplication of municipal ordinances – actions that violate Westbrook and Sparrow’s First Amendment free speech rights. If the Motion to Dismiss is denied, trial for both cases will immediately follow.


The Motion to Dismiss filings are available upon request.


About the Thomas More Society

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