The Stockton Record reports that Sacramento U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England, Jr. granted Maxim's Restaurant's request for aTRO to stop the Stockton City Council from barring it from playing live music without a permit at least until he hears the restaurant's First Amendment claim.
A federal judge Friday said Stockton's restriction of nighttime music and dancing at a Brookside restaurant appeared on initial review to be unconstitutional, and he ordered the city to let the music go on at least until the court considers the case again June 8.
In a case that could affect how City Hall regulates nightlife at bars and restaurants citywide, the restaurant Maxim's claimed in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Stockton's requirement of a permit for live entertainment restricts speech protected by the First Amendment.
U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England Jr. said music is a protected form of speech and that the City Council's denial last week of Maxim's bid for an entertainment permit appeared to be "inappropriate." His order Friday - a temporary measure not unusual in such cases - was to allow entertainment to continue at the restaurant until the case is further argued.