Our constitutional rights under the First Amendment give all of us the right to speak what is on our mind. According to a Wall Street Journal Blog posting by Sam Favate entitled: Chicago Panhandlers File First Amendment Lawsuit, eight Chicago panhandlers decided to enforce their rights by filing a federal lawsuit seeking class action status against the City of Chicago. Their complaint was filed on the basis that the police make them move from a high end section of Michigan Avenue known as the “Magnificent Mile”.
Interestingly enough, this is not the first time that the City of Chicago has been faced with this type of lawsuit. In 2003., the City settled a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of people arrested or ticketed for panhandling.