Friday, June 18, 2010

Appeal filed in homeless lawsuit
against St. Petersburg

Four homeless people have appealed a federal judge's decision to dismiss nine allegations in a lawsuit that accuses St. Petersburg of violating the rights of homeless people by enforcing a series of punitive ordinances.

On March 11, Judge Steven Merryday upheld the city's right to arrest people for sleeping during the day on sidewalks and for storing personal property on public land. He also supported the city's right to ban people from public property if they had committed crimes there before.

The case -- filed on behalf of Anthony Catron, Jo Anne Reynolds, William Shumate and Raymond Young -- is now pending in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Read the St. Petersburg Times report here. And see previous post here.


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