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Judge hears Charlottesville panhandling arguments

Friday - 11/22/2013, 12:59pm  ET

The Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A lawyer for a group of homeless men challenging Charlottesville's panhandling ordinance says he expects a ruling by a judge in a couple of months.

The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/1i1TGU6 ) that attorney Jeffrey Fogel argued in federal court Thursday that the ordinance targets "a certain class of people." The ordinance bars panhandling within 50 feet of either of two streets that cross the Downtown Mall, but it doesn't stop someone for soliciting signatures for a political petition.

Richard Millner, a lawyer for the city, said panhandling near the crossings is a public safety hazard and people are free to ask for donations elsewhere on the pedestrian mall.

Both sides are asking U.S. District Judge Norman Moon to rule in their favor.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com


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