Judge Rules Against Immigration Group

KFMB News 8 (San Diego), Feb. 8, 2006

A judge ruled Tuesday that organizers of Laguna Beach’s annual Patriots’ Day Parade have the right to exclude members of the volunteer border patrol group Minuteman Project.

The group’s co-founder, illegal immigration opponent Jim Gilchrist, sought to be included in the parade lineup but the parade committee voted to ban the Minuteman Project on political grounds.

Parade organizers “have a right, within certain limits, to put on the parade they want to put on,” Orange County Superior Court Judge Michael Brenner said.

It was not clear whether Gilchrist would seek an appeal. A message left for his attorney, Richard Ackerman, was not immediately returned.

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