Naval officer battles town’s limits on nightly taps ritual

(AP) – Lawyers for a naval officer who broadcasts taps nightly from speakers outside his home in tribute to the military say they’ll take legal action if a Pennsylvania borough doesn’t stop trying to restrict the practice.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania tells the president of Glen Rock Borough Council in letter released Wednesday that a cease-and-desist order against Lt. Cmdr. Josh Corney is unconstitutional.

Corney wants to overturn a rule passed by the borough council that limits taps to Sundays and certain holidays.

The ACLU argues that treating his nightly ritual differently than other noises violates Corney’s constitutional rights.

The ACLU letter says if the borough doesn’t reverse itself by Friday, it’ll seek a federal injunction.

The council president didn’t immediately return messages.

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