The Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear an appeal from a man who says a decision by Roche Bros. to bar him from collecting signatures for his election campaign outside one of its stores violates his rights under the Massachusetts constitution, Associated Press reports.
Steven Glovsky of Wayland says Roche Bros. wouldn't let him collect signatures in a run for the governor's council in 2012 outside its Westwood store - something that would strike shoppers at its West Roxbury store as odd given the vast number of signature collectors that routinely stand there during election season.
State law gives candidates the right to collect signatures in malls, but Glovsky argues the court should extend this to the sort of giant supermarkets that often come with banks and large departments that sell things other than the basics, such as the Westwood Roche Bros.
Roche Bros. and other retailers, of course, beg to differ.
Court docket on the case, which includes copies of briefs by Glovsky and Roche Bros.