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Appeals court to hear URI noise case

October 4, 2010

From the AP:

BRISTOL, R.I.—A federal appeals court will hear arguments this week on whether police in Narragansett can place orange stickers on homes that host loud parties.

U.S. District Judge William Smith ruled earlier this year in favor of Narragansett, saying the police were entitled to enforce the town’s noise ordinances by marking properties where raucuous gatherings are held.

The student Senate of the University of Rhode Island, which brought the lawsuit, appealed. Many URI students live off-campus in Narragansett, and they say the stickers unfairly stigmatize them.

Lawyers for both sides will argue Wednesday before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ordinarily sits in Boston, but will hear the arguments at the law school at Roger Williams University in Bristol.

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