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PENNSYLVANIA CONSTITUTION

The Pennsylvania Constitution, which is even more protective of speech than the federal Constitution, Commonwealth v. Tate, 495 Pa. 158, 432 A.2d 1382 (1981), prohibits “prior restraint on Pennsylvanians’ right to speak” Goldman Theaters v. Dana, 405 Pa. 83, 173 A.2d 59 (1961). Under Pennsylvania law, “peaceful picketing conducted in a lawful manner and for a lawful purpose is lawful, even though it shuts down, bankrupts or puts out of business the company or firm which is picketed.” Tate v. Philadelphia Transport Co., 410 Pa. 490, 190 A.2d 316, 320 (1963).

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