Salzman Claims Victory In Panhandling Lawsuit – September 26, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Richard Salzman Press Release (unedited)
Arcata CA- Richard Salzman won his lawsuit against the City of Arcata for its  Aggressive Panhandling Ordinance. The Superior Court agreed with Salzman that the City of Arcata was wrong to conclude that the simple act of holding up a sign can qualify as aggressive.
“I think it’s important for people to consider that if you believe in the protection of free speech and in defending our Bill of Rights, then you need to be willing to defend the rights of people you don’t agree with, or find annoying.  Or, in the case of the ACLU defending the Nazis’ right to march in the predominantly Jewish town of Skokie, Illinois, even people you find repulsive.” said Salzman.
Both this lawsuit and one brought by Janelle Egger against Humboldt County for its ordinance restricting protests on Courthouse property are supported in part by the Humboldt Civil Liberties Defense Fund (HCLDF), of which Salzman is a member.
Salzman went on to say, “I was pleased with the ruling in our favor by the Superior Court of California.   The Judicial branch has corrected the overreach of this legislation by a City Council when the court found it to be an infringement on the Constitutional Rights of free speech.”
“I along with the other members of the HCLDF intend to stay vigil in our ongoing defense of the Constitution of The United States.  If you wish to support our efforts, please go to

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