Federal judge strikes down on Alabama panhandling law
A federal judge has struck down Alabama laws against panhandling.
U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins ruled the statutes are unconstitutional. The ruling came after the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency conceded that the appellate court ruled similar laws violate a person’s right to free speech.
The decision ended litigation filed in 2020 challenging the laws on behalf of people who had been ticketed or jailed for panhandling in Montgomery.