First I’ve heard of it, but I don’t watch Fox. Why hasn’t this been on the other news services? Napolitano likes to “exaggerate”! I’ve hear him on radio stretching the truth if it makes him or the Rebugs look good. It’s Friday, so it makes sense…won’t get much coverage by the MSM. Didn’t seem to bother them when GWB wouldn’t let anyone wear t-shirts with anti-Bush slogans to have them hauled out and arrested or even bumper stickers in the parking lots of his speeches.
It’s short, as these things go, and not hard to understand. It doesn’t bother me. Obstructive and disruptive activity is not constitutionally protected speech. If it’s intentional, it can be made criminal.
The law “federalizes” what would be state-law crimes of disorderly conduct, assault, etc., if they are committed in areas in which the President or another official protected by the Secret Service is or will be visiting. (Disorderly conduct, etc., on federal property are already federal crimes.)
It might be problematic that it also applies to to “a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.” At least in theory, an exercise of federal power requires a constitutional “hook” authorizing it. One might argue that this is an unconstitutional extension of federal power. (The other areas in which the law would apply are those where the Secret Service is or will be providing protection to the President or another official, presumably providing the federal “hook.”) But in any case, the law does not criminalize peaceful political protest and I don’t see how it violates the First Amendment.