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ACLU to file suit over Atlanta panhandling ban

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [official website] has announced that it will file a challenge to a recent ban on panhandling [JURIST report] in downtown Atlanta. Gerald Weber, legal director for the ACLU of Georgia, said the group plans to sue the city as soon as it found a proper plaintiff for the challenge. The city has said it will not enforce the ordinance [PDF draft text], which was signed by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin [official profile] two weeks ago, for up to a month to allow law enforcement officials time to prepare. Similar panhandling bans have been successful in other cities around the country, such as Fort Lauderdale, FL. From Georgia, WMAZ-TV has more.

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