Groene v. Seng
Groene v. Seng is the name of a federal lawsuit filed by Mike Groene against the cities of Lincoln, Omaha and Grand Island, Nebraska in June 2006 claiming that the cities were unconstitutionally preventing petition circulators from standing on public property to collect signatures. In the first instance, the lawsuit sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting the cities from further police harassment of petitioners. The judge in the case, Richard Kopf, granted the TRO.
On June 8, 2007, the lawsuit on the underlying point was settled in favor of the plaintiff, with the cities additionally agreeing to pay the plaintiff's legal costs of approximately $100,000.
- Memorandum and Order in the case July 29, 2006
- Nebraska petitioning victory
- "Can libraries prohibit people from gathering petition signatures on library grounds?"