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Michigan Paid $85M To Settle Lawsuits In 2013

Of 71 lawsuits that ended with the state paying, 27 — more than a third — came from Michigan’s Corrections Department.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/22/2014

Men Who Fought Panhandling Law Each Get $6,500

Two men who successfully fought the state’s panhandling law after being arrested in Grand Rapids in 2011 will each get $6,500 as part of a $48,000 settlement with the city.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/12/2013

Court: Mich. Panhandling Law Violates Free Speech

The appellate opinion says the law “would chill a substantial amount of First Amendment-protected activity.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/17/2013

Police ID Suspected Panhandler Killed Outside Pontiac Business

Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed while apparently panhandling outside of a Pontiac business on Sunday.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/05/2013

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Judge Rules Panhandling Law Violates Constitution

A state law banning panhandling in public places violates First Amendment protections for free speech and the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, a federal judge in Michigan has ruled.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/28/2012

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New Law Restricts Beggars In Detroit

Several Michigan cities have enacted laws on dealing with panhandlers and now, Detroit will be on the list.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/21/2012


Proposed Detroit Ordinance Targets Beggars

Before they take their summer break, Detroit City Council members will take up the issue of begging in the city.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/30/2012

Charlie Langton: Is Panhandling Free Speech? It’s Annoying But Is It Illegal?

State Rep Shanelle Jackson, D- Detroit, argues that just because someone is impoverished, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be allowed to ask for help in the same way charities and others do in cities all over the country.

CBS Sports Radio 1270–02/22/2012