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3:31 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Begging arrests ruled unconstitutional in Michigan

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A three-judge panel declared police officers violated the First Amendment rights of two homeless men when they were arrested while asking for change.
Washington- A federal appeals court has ruled Michigan's Depression-era law that criminalizes begging is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment. The three-judge panel unanimously upheld a lower court decision that said Grand Rapids police were wrong to arrest two homeless men in 2011 for asking for change.