RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A judge says Richmond’s noise ordinance is too broad and unconstitutionally promotes religion.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Richmond General District Chief Judge Robert A. Pustilik overturned the ordinance Tuesday. The ruling came in a case involving music played by a band at a party.

The ordinance prohibits sound such as a television or music if it’s plainly audible inside someone else’s home or at least 50 feet away. Such sound also is prohibited from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. if it’s plainly audible to anyone else.

Pustilik said a man who got into bed and turned a TV on after 11 p.m. would be in violation if his wife heard the sound.

He also noted that the ordinance exempts sounds related to religious expression, including singing.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com/

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A judge says Richmond’s noise ordinance is too broad and unconstitutionally promotes religion.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Richmond General District Chief Judge Robert A. Pustilik overturned the ordinance Tuesday. The ruling came in a case involving music played by a band at a party.

The ordinance prohibits sound such as a television or music if it’s plainly audible inside someone else’s home or at least 50 feet away. Such sound also is prohibited from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. if it’s plainly audible to anyone else.

Pustilik said a man who got into bed and turned a TV on after 11 p.m. would be in violation if his wife heard the sound.

He also noted that the ordinance exempts sounds related to religious expression, including singing.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

(Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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