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Hudson Halts Crackdown On Panhandling While Lawsuit Pending

 

Officials in Hudson have agreed to suspend their efforts to crackdown on panhandlers while a federal lawsuit is pending.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a lawsuit claiming Hudson officials are violating the free speech rights of panhandlers by telling them to stop seeking handouts and move along.

The Nashua Telegraph reports the two sides agreed in federal court that panhandlers would be able to solicit donations provided their conduct doesn't interfere with traffic or impede access to local businesses.

The civil liberties union filed a lawsuit several weeks ago on behalf of 24-year-old panhandler Jeffery Pendleton, claiming he's been cited and harassed for standing peacefully with a sign seeking handouts.

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