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Defense Attorney Sparks ‘Black Lives’ Protest In Las Vegas court

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense attorney sparked a Las Vegas courtroom protest when she refused to remove a "Black Lives Matter" button from her blouse despite a judge's request not to demonstrate what he called political speech.

About a dozen other lawyers arrived Tuesday to support Deputy Public Defender Erika Ballou telling Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon she has a First Amendment right to show her opinion.

The judge earlier asked people to cover T-shirts they'd worn to support victims in another case.

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He told Ballou he tries to keep the courtroom free from outside influences.

Ballou says she took her stand after the Las Vegas police union sent a letter last week to judges, complaining that what the union leader termed "'Black Lives Matter' propaganda" has no place in courtrooms.