Judge: Lawrence Sidewalk Ordinance Constitutional

By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP, Posted by Chris Fisher

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A Douglas County judge says Lawrence's ordinance that prohibits obstructing people on sidewalks is constitutional.

The ruling reverses a decision last February by a municipal court judge, who said the ordinance was unconstitutional because it was too vague.

The city had appealed that ruling, which acquitted 54-year-old Randy Gilmore of three counts of obstructing people from passing on a downtown sidewalk.

The Lawrence Journal-World reported Monday that District Judge Paula Martin ruled last week that the ordinance was not too vague.

The city asked the judge to rule only on the constitutionality of the law, not to overturn Gilmore's acquittal.

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