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Appeals court backs wildlife activist in free speech case


July 25, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday ruled in favor of a wildlife activist who said his free speech rights were violated when a sheriff’s deputy barred him from watching livestock agents herd wild bison into Yellowstone National Park.

The case dates to 2012, when a Gallatin County deputy issued a misdemeanor citation to activist Anthony Reed alleging he obstructed a peace officer, after Reed initially would not get behind a barricade that was out of sight of the herding operations near West Yellowstone.

Reed’s attorney, Rebecca Kay Smith, said the lawsuit was neede...

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