CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court is ruling in favor of “Bigfoot’s” right to romp around Mount Monadnock and against a state regulation governing special events at parks.
The court ruled unanimously Friday that the language of the regulation is so broad it would apply to six people holding a private prayer service or three people holding campaign signs at a mountain’s peak.
Keene entrepreneur Jonathan Doyle and the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union Foundation appealed after state park officials barred Doyle from wearing his monkey costume and interviewing other hikers about a Bigfoot sighting at Mount Monadnock in September 2009.
The court says the regulation violates constitutional free speech rights by requiring someone to get a permit 30 days in advance for any event that goes beyond routine recreational activities.
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