Justices reject appeal over day laborer law

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Southern California city’s appeal seeking reinstatement of its ordinance that prevented day laborers from gathering on busy street corners and soliciting work from passing drivers. The Redondo Beach ordinance allowed police to arrest men who were seen motioning to passing motorists and allegedly causing traffic problems. Lawyers for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in Los Angeles had sued the city on behalf of two groups of day laborers. In September, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the ordinance on free-speech grounds. - McClatchy 02.22.2012

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