Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith has ruled against the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority in a lawsuit challenging the agency's rejection of an ad titled 'Boycott "Israel." Boycott Apartheid.'
Calling the agency's policy of only accepting ads that are in "good taste" vague and unconstitutional. Goldsmith issued a ruling in favor of Blaine Coleman of Ann Arbor, who wants to place the ads, with a picture of a spider-like creature with a skull for a head and bones at its sides, on the city's buses. The motion for Coleman was filed on behalf of the ACLU.
The agency said the ads ridicule people and that they may turn away riders but Goldsmith said that the First Amendment rights of Coleman supersede those concerns.
Another hearing will be held in the weeks ahead to determine whether or not Coleman's ad will make it on city buses.