Legal battles limited to passive panhandling
Your article on panhandling [December 6 cover story: "Season of giving: Is panhandling, vagrancy, destroying the Downtown Mall?"] stated that battles have been fought regarding ordinances "to restrict aggressive panhandling, which some call unconstitutional."
That is simply not correct. I represent the five people who regularly beg on the mall and who challenged, in court, certain portions of the "soliciting" ordinance that prohibited passive solicitation.
We never challenged the aggressive panhandling section of the ordinance. In fact, the position of the plaintiffs is that anyone who engages in the conduct properly described in the ordinance as aggressive should be penalized whether or not they are soliciting funds.