SJC pans state panhandling law

Court says it unconstitutionally limits free speech 

THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT on Tuesday overturned Massachusetts’s anti-panhandling statute, concluding that it unconstitutionally abridges free speech.  Massachusetts state law prohibits a person from signaling or stopping a car for the purpose of soliciting charity or selling merchandise.   But the SJC, in a unanimous decision written by Justice Barbara Lenk before her retirement, ruled that because(...)

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