Worcester panhandling update: city gets sued
My summary of local ACLU head Chris Robarge’s testimony on Anti-Panhandling Plan #3, from Jan 3 of this year:
Stop hating on the Constitution. Nice city you got there, shame if it got sued.
The civil suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Worcester, by lawyer Kevin P. Martin claims the ordinances are unconstitutional, violate free speech and the right for people to peacefully solicit donations in public.
Mr. Martin, a volunteer lawyer from the Boston firm of Goodwin Procter LLP, also said in the suit that the ordinances target the poor and homeless. The plaintiffs are listed as Robert Thayer and Sharon Brownson, two people described as homeless city residents; and Tracy O’Connell Novick, a member of the school committee here.