BOSTON – The ACLU of Maine will appear before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston on Friday, January 9 to ask the court to uphold a lower court ruling that declared Portland’s ban on being in medians unconstitutional.

On September 25, 2013, the ACLU and the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP filed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance enacted by the City of Portland, which prohibited being in any median for any reason other than crossing the street. On February 14, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine declared the ordinance unconstitutional. The city has appealed that ruling.

More information about the case is available online at:

Arguments before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in the case Cutting, et al. v. City of Portland 

John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
Court of Appeals Panel Courtroom, 7th floor
1 Courthouse Way
Boston, MA

Friday, January 9
Arguments begin at 9:30 a.m.; this case will be heard fifth.