Thursday, February 19, 2009

An Actual Judge: Sit/Lie Sucks. Constitutionally.

Via PMerc:

Judge Michael McShane made the ruling yesterday about the part of the ordinance that requires people to keep their personal belongings within two feet.

"I found that an ordinary person would not understand from the statute that mundane and everyday behavior would be prohibited by the law," McShane tells the Mercury.

"The ordinance encourages arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement," says McShane


A woman with a baby in a stroller who walks away from the stroller for a moment to get the baby strapped into the car would be breaking the law ... Or a window washer who steps two feet away from his bucket while he is washing a storefront ...

Exactly. It's not about keeping sidewalks clear. It's about making the homeless even more invisible.


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  2. I am excercising my right as the owner of this blog to remove a post that is off-topic and is really just a filibuster.

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