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Judge: Anti-pan­han­dling or­di­nances vi­o­late free speech right

CON­CORD, N.H. — A fed­eral judge in New Hamp­shire has ruled that anti-pan­han­dling or­di­nances en­acted by some com­mu­ni­ties are a di­rect vi­o­la­tion of the First Amend­ment. The Portsmouth Her­ald re­ports ( the de­ci­sion comes as part of a law­suit filed against the city of Manch­ester by Theresa Pe­trello, an Army and Navy vet­eran who has pan­han­dled to make ends meet. The rul­ing or­ders Manch­ester, Con­cord, Rochester and Somer­sworth to cease the en­force­ment of un­con­sti­tu­tional or­di­nances that ban in­di­vid­u­als from re­ceiv­ing char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions from in­di­vid­u­als in mo­tor ve­hi­cles. It says cities have “less speech re­stric­tive means avail­able” to ad­dress con­cerns re­lated to pan­han­dling. Pe­trello was rep­re­sented by the New Hamp­shire Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union and New Hamp­shire Le­gal As­sis­tance. Her at­tor­neys call the de­ci­sion a vic­tory for free speech.

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