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Federal Judge Allows Busking at Metro Stations

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    A federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling allowing performers to work for tips outside Metro stations in the Washington region.

     

    Street performer Alex Young challenged Metro's rules that forbid buskers to perform at Metro stations. Young, represented by the Charlottesville, Virginia-based Rutherford Institute in federal court, argued that the rules were an illegal infringement of his free-speech rights.

    The Washington Post reports that last week, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell issued a preliminary injunction against Metro that allows Young and others to work for tips while the lawsuit progresses.

    The Rutherford Institute also successfully challenged rules restricting street performers from working for tips on the boardwalk at Ocean City, Maryland.