The Giuliani Administration’s successful defense of the City’s parade permit ordinance in a 1998 case involving marijuana legalization advocates was premature, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

A unanimous, three-judge panel on Friday found in MacDonald v. Safir, 99-7010, that a Southern District judge jumped the gun in rejecting First Amendment challenges to New York City’s principal parade ordinance.

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