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Judge strikes panhandling ban from Arkansas law
Topic Started: Nov 28 2016, 04:43 AM (212 Views)
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A challenge to Arkansas’ anti-loitering statute brought before U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson Tuesday has resulted in a portion of that law being struck down after Wilson ruled the section that prohibits begging violates the U.S. Constitution guarantee regarding freedom of speech.
The statute, 5-71-213, deals with prohibitions against rioting or creating a public disturbance, specifically, loitering, and classifies the offense as a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. (Ark. Code 5-4-401, 5-4-201.) The subsection of the statute, 5-71-213(a)(3), gives one definition of loitering to read, “Lingers or remains in a public place or on the premises of another for the purpose of begging.”
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