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U.S. appeals court overturns L.A. ban on homeless living in vehicles
U.S. appeals court overturns L.A. ban on homeless living in vehicles

A federal appeals court Thursday struck down Los Angeles’ ban on homeless people living in vehicles, declaring that the law “opens the door to discriminatory enforcement” against the poor. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9thCircuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the city’s ordinance, which bans people from living in cars or recreational vehicles on city streets or in parking lots, is unconstitutionally vague. “This broad and cryptic statute criminalizes innocent behavior, making it impossible for citizens to know how to keep their conduct within the pale,” Judge Harry Pregerson wrote for the court. Unlike other cities, which ban overnight parking or sleeping in vehicles, Los...

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