Federal Courts Follow SCOTUS (Mostly) and Continue to Outlaw Anti-Panhandling Laws
The Supreme Court in June remanded a case on whether a Worcester, Mass., law banning panhandling from certain locations across the city was constitutional.
This fall, a court in the First Circuit found the law, as well as a similar one in Portland, Me., did not comport with the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. The court cited
And this past week, Springfield, Ill., appealed a ruling saying its anti-panhandling law was unconstitutional to the Supreme Court. The Illinois capital is unlikely to find a receptive audience among the justices.
Some advice: if you want to find a public space where panhandling is not allowed, try the front plaza of the Supreme Court building itself.