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Dance Parties Not Allowed At Jefferson Memorial

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Mary Oberwetter and 17 others were dancing at the Jefferson Memorial. They were rocking out with headphones, and when a National Park Service officer told them to stop, they refused. A judge has ruled against the dancers, saying the inside of the memorial is not a public forum where people may dance, even if it's a silent dance party.

ARI SHAPIRO, host:

Good morning. Im Ari Shapiro. Thomas Jefferson once swore eternal hostility against every form of tyranny. Mary Oberwetter and 17 others decided to celebrate their liberty by dancing at the Jefferson Memorial. They were rocking out with headphones, and when a National Park Service officer told them to stop, they refused. Now a judge has ruled against the dancers, saying the inside of the memorial is not a public forum where people can dance, even if it's a silent dance party.

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