Richard Catalano can listen to Justin Timberlake as loud as he wants, the Florida Supreme Court ruled today with a few more words.
Florida found the Supreme Court no more receptive than the Second District Court of Appeal in a constitutional challenge to a state law banning loud car stereos.
Catalano, a Clearwater attorney, was pulled over for listening to the pop star with the volume too high for the liking of a police officer.
He pleaded no contest in county court but appealed, arguing the state law describing nuisance noise as “plainly audible” was vague, overbroad, invited arbitrary enforcement and impinged on free speech rights.
Justice Jorge Labarga wrote the opinion. He said the law was not vague, but it was overbroad and “an unreasonable restriction on the freedom of expression.”