judge blocks LA ban on Airport Solicitations FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 13 Jun 1998 14:30:24 -0700 (PDT)


FWD  http://www.channel2000.com/news/stories/news-970607-134638.html


     AIRPORT SOLICITATIONS OK'D

     ADVOCACY GROUPS CAN CONTINUE SEEKING DONATIONS AT LAX


LOS ANGELES, Posted 11:29 a.m. June 7, 1997 -- Hare Krishas and other
religious and advocacy groups can continue to seek donations at Los Angeles
International Airport.

U.S. District Judge John G. Davies on Friday granted a preliminary
injunction blocking a city ordinance banning charitable solicitations.

At issue was whether the ban violates constituational free-speech rights or
is necessary because solicitors impede people trying to catch flights. The
judge called the solicitors "annoying to some" but said their numbers were
insufficient to be obtrusive.

"We're elated," said Svavasa Dasa, a president of the Hare Krishna temple
in the Venice area. "The airport has always been a place for us to spread
our message, not to keep people from getting to their plane."

Deputy City Attorney John Werlich said authorities were deciding whether to
appeal the ruling, go to trial or drop the ordinance.

The law, which was to have taken effect three weeks ago, would prohibit
people at LAX from asking for money "in a continuous or repetitive manner."
Scofflaws could be sentenced to up to six months in jail and fines up to
$1000.

The ban was challenged by lawyers representing the California-based Hare
Krishnas and the Committee for Human Rights in Iran.

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