Local sign regulations curbed in U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Via Bloomberg Politics:

The U.S. Supreme Court curbed the power of governments to enforce sign regulations, striking down a local Arizona law that hindered a small church seeking to direct people to its Sunday services.

The justices unanimously said the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert violated the First Amendment with its ordinance, which barred directional signs from being erected until 12 hours before an event and let them remain only an hour after.

Writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas said the town hadn’t shown that temporary directional signs posed more of a threat to traffic safety than political or ideological signs.