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Friday, March 30, 2007

Vegas Faces the Faeces, Loses Poop-Free Sleep Zone Suit

Early entrant for story of the year.
Three homeless men mistakenly arrested last year on charges of sleeping too close to a pile of feces have settled a lawsuit against the city for $45,000.

Eastman Webber, David Hicks and Jerry Halfpap each received a check for $10,000 in the settlement of their federal civil rights lawsuit, according to
American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, which sued on their behalf.

City spokesman Jace Radke confirmed the settlement Thursday.

The men were arrested in November for violating a provision of a Las Vegas ordinance no longer on the books. The city council had approved the ordinance in August, making it illegal to sleep within 500 feet of a deposit of feces or urine, but then repealed it in September.
More here. I'll preserve the anonymity of the tipster who sent this to me because I also want to post his awesome note (below), one he probably would prefer not be identified with him.

Las Vegas calls sleeping within 500 yards of feces or urine a crime.
The ACLU calls it your right as an American.
I call it Sunday morning.