STANFORD - Pickets and paraders in the city limits will now have to file for a permit, though only last week was the decision made by city council members to enforce the long-standing ordinance.
The lack of suddenly necessary paperwork surprised one group Thursday morning, disbanded by Police Chief Keith Middleton as they organized outside the Courthouse Annex.
Last Thursday the group protesting family court Judge Debra Lambert's alleged abuse of the bench picketed outside the courthouse without interference from police. However, after it was brought to the attention of city council members that the picketing blocked the sidewalk, forcing several people to walk through traffic, they decided to research the ordinance and found that a permit was required.
Middleton told the group they had to "jump through the hoops," to legally protest in city limits. Until a permit was obtained, at least five days in advance, the group couldn't chant, hold signs or otherwise picket.