District Judge ruled today that Marilyn Manson can't be prevented from
performing at the June 16 Ozzfest scheduled to take place at Giants
Stadium in New Jersey.
Federal District Judge Alfred Wolin issued a preliminary order this
afternoon (May 7) preventing the New Jersey Sports Authority from
prohibiting the Ozzfest if Manson is on the bill.
Paul Cambria, attorney for Marilyn Manson, told ATN that Wolin's ruling
"shows that the First Amendment is alive and well in New Jersey."
The judge's order restrains the Sports Authority from prohibiting
performance on June 15; from prohibiting or otherwise interfering with
ticket sales for Ozzfest; and from taking any action to repudiate or
its contract to lease the stadium for the concert.
The Sports Authority issued a statement saying that it "is disappointed
Judge Wolin's decision. The safety and welfare of our patrons was the
impetus for the Authority's position on this issue and remains a
of Sports Authority management." The Authority and its attorneys will
review the full thirty page opinion before making further statements.
Cambria countered that, "The Authority was really operating on the basis
misinformation" about Manson's concerts. He expressed his hope that
reviewing the opinion, [the Sports Authority] will accept the fact that
First Amendment doesn't allow any municipality to bar performances
because they disagree with the content of the performance."