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Court overturns Los Angeles city law that bars living in cars

Published On: Jun 19 2014 06:21:29 PM CDT
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -

A federal appeals court says a Los Angeles law that bars people from living in parked vehicles is unconstitutional.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the 1983 law was vaguely written and discriminates against homeless and poor people.

The decision came in a case brought on behalf of four people who were cited and arrested in the Venice area by police who concluded the numerous belongings in their RVs and cars meant they were violating the law.

The ruling by a three-judge appeals court panel overturned a lower court judge who had sided with the city.