AAA  Aug. 20, 2014 2:42 PM ET
Lawsuit challenge's town's panhandling crackdown
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(AP) — The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union is suing a town it claims is violating the free speech rights of the poor and homeless by harassing and charging panhandlers who use signs to solicit handouts.

The NHCLU filed suit in federal court Wednesday against the town of Hudson and its police department, seeking a court order that they stop interfering with the free speech rights of panhandlers on public property.

A 24-year-old homeless man, Jeffery Pendleton, is the lead plaintiff. NHCLU attorneys say Pendleton no longer panhandles in Hudson because he fears he will be arrested again. They also say there is no state law or local ordinance in Hudson that prohibits panhandling.

Hudson's lawyer, Jay Hodes (HOE-diss), did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Associated Press
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