Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

2 responses to “Judge sides with ACLU, puts Cranston’s anti-panhandling law on hold”

  1. Deforest

    Smith did NOT award the first round to civil liberties over “public safety.” The court order specifically stated that Cranston presented no evidence that public safety was the basis for the Cranston ordinance.

    Judge Smith wrote, “Although given the opportunity, Defendants [Cranston] submitted no evidence to support the safety issues identified in the findings, nor to support a conclusion that the distractions eliminated by the Ordinance are correlated with the number of traffic accidents at intersections. Simply put, the legislative findings are long on conclusory observation but short on meaningful data connecting the chosen solution to an actual problem.”

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  2. Protesters panhandle for ACLU while Cranston City Council meets over lawsuit

    […] August 3rd Superior Court Judge William Smith issued issued a temporary restraining order against enforcement of the ordinance, which kept officers the […]

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