Courts Across The Country Are Declaring Laws That Ban Panhandling Unconstitutional
For the third time in as many months, a federal court has struck down a city’s panhandling ban for violating the First Amendment’s free speech protections.
The most recent case concerned an anti-panhandling ordinance in Grand Junction, Colorado, which outlawed “aggressive panhandling.” In a ruling handed down last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello declared that the law, which forbade panhandling after sunset and in a dozen locations around the city, was so broad that it impinged on constitutionally protected speech.
The Grand Junction ruling came on the heels of similar decrees from federal appellate courts in the Midwest and Northeast. Read More