KY Supreme Court Overturns "Anti-Panhandling" Law

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Kentucky Supreme Court strikes down on a Lexington law that bans begging in public.

The case was originally brought on by attorneys for Dennis Champion, who'd been cited or arrested more than 550 times for panhandling since 2004 in Lexington and Louisville.

 The court decided to overturn the law, saying panhandling was a form of expression that's widely considered constitutionally protected speech. 

The Supreme Court decision will likely affect similar laws across the state, including one in Louisville that fines or jails those who beg for money in public.

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