Court Strikes Down Manchester's Anti-Panhandling Law

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The New Hampshire District Court has struck down Manchester's anti-panhandling ordinance, concluding the law violated the First Amendment. Under the ordinance, people were not allowed to accept charitable contributions from motor vehicles, even if they stayed out of the roadway. Elliot Berry, from New Hampshire Legal Assistance, was a representing attorney in the case. Berry says the federal court decision calls into question the constitutionality of similar ordinances in Concord, Somersworth and Rochester. "I think what's really significant is it removes one of the ways that municipalities have chosen to criminalize poverty and homelessness," Berry says. New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire brought...

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