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Criminal law — Panhandling — Municipal ordinance violation

Oct 20th, 2017 in News by admin

Ordinance prohibiting soliciting, begging or panhandling in downtown business district is unconstitutional as a content-based restriction on speech — Ordinance cannot survive strict scrutiny analysis — Discussion of U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, which clarified the analysis courts must apply in determining whether statute violates First Amendment