Nearly three years after a federal case over panhandling restrictions on Charlottesville’s downtown mall was filed, it’s technically on hold.
A judge stayed the case pending a decision in a similar case before the Supreme Court. In that case, a Massachusetts statute established a 35-foot buffer zone around entrances, exits and driveways of abortion clinics.
In 2010, Charlottesville banned panhandling within 50 feet of cross-streets on the mall, citing public safety concerns.
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