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KEENE, N.H. – The antics of a group of self-styled Robin Hoods has a New Hampshire town pressing the state Supreme Court to force them to back off.
Officials in Keene say the merry band has gone beyond pumping quarters into expired parking meters and sometimes harasses the parking enforcement officers. They've asked the courts to force the activists to keep their distance from the civil servants they say are just trying to do their jobs.
But the first round went to the protesters after a lower court ruled their actions amount to protected political expression that can't be restricted.
Lawyers for Keene argue that a buffer zone of 15-feet around their parking enforcement officers would not infringe on the free speech rights of the Robin Hooders. The justices have not indicated when they will rule.