Judge Strikes Down Charlottesville's Panhandling Ordinance

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (AP) -- Almost five years ago an ordinance went into place that restricted panhandling within fifty feet of the two streets that you can drive across the mall calling it a safety hazard.

But a federal judge has now ruled that the city's ordinance the barred panhandling on parts of the downtown mall is a violation of free speech.

That means it’s now allowed again on all parts of the mall.

Attorney Jeff Fogel led the lawsuit representing two panhandlers. He says the law singled out people panhandling.

There is no word yet on how much compensation will be awarded.

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