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Monday, February 20, 2006

Las Vegas Street Evangelists Arrested over Signs

Jim Webber and Tom Griner started out displaying evangelical signs, such as "Don't gamble with your soul," and "Turn from sin, Turn to Jesus," outside the Bellagio hotel and casino. They spent the evening in a prison cell. The charges - displaying signs that caused an obstruction of the public rights-of-way. This occurred while other sidewalk signs or sandwich boards were left alone.

Webber and Griner have filed a lawsuit against the Clark County for violating their First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of their religious beliefs.

Webber speculated on the real reason for their arrest - "Let's be honest. This is Sin City. It's not the image they want in front of the Bellagio."

Protesters arrested for carrying signs on Strip sue county

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