On Wednesday, a fed appeals court ruled out against Arkansas anti-begging law which opponents say targets panhandlers unfairly, supporting a court judge that called the law plainly unconstitutional.
A preliminary injunction issued by US Dist. Court Judge Billy Wilson was upheld by a panel of three judges of the eighth ‘US Circuit Court of Appeals.’The injunctionwas issued in opposition of the 2017 regulation that expands loitering definition to involve any person asking for a gift or charity in a threatening or harassing way which probably could cause traffic hazard or alarm to others.
The state was sued by the Arkansas’ ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) for the ban in support of 2 panhandlers who informed that they were scared of getting prosecuted if they asked for money under the regulation. On Wednesday, the court ruled that the panhandlers will probably succeed in showcasing that the law violates Frist Amendment.
It is not a crime to be poor and the court’s ruling confirms that individuals hold a right to seek help, said ACLU legal director, Holly Dickson via a statement. The ACLU is grateful as well as relieved that such unconstitutional measure for criminalizing poverty is now ruled out, Dickson further said.