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Court arguments continue over St. Louis County's controversial protester law

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Missouri court of appeals judges are weighing whether a St. Louis County ordinance cited to charge protesters is constitutional.

The 'interfering with a police officer law' was filed after the unrest in Ferguson in 2014.

Thursday, opposing attorneys argued the law is too vague and too broad, as well as a violation of the First Amendment.

"This ordinance has been used to arrest and prosecute hundreds of peaceful protestors in the St. Louis County area,” said Maggie Ellinger-Locke, a member of the National Lawyers Guild and the St. Louis University legal clinics. “I would like to see this ordinance struck from county code all together. I don't think the courts can issue a saving limitation.”

The attorney for the county did not want to comment, but argued in court the law does not interfere with freedom of speech, but is geared toward the overall conduct of the person.      

There is no timeline for when the judges have to make their ruling.

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