Court to hear arguments in case of Va. psychic

RICHMOND, Va. — A Chesterfield County psychic who wants to work out of the same office complex as licensed psychologists and other professionals is taking her case to a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear oral arguments in Patricia Moore-King’s case Tuesday.

Moore-King, who operates as “Psychic Sophie,” claims county zoning and licensing regulations for fortune tellers violate her constitutional rights to free exercise of religion, speech and equal protection. The zoning law relegates Moore-King’s business to areas populated by trailer parks, towing lots, lumber yards and utility service buildings.

U.S. District Judge John Gibney ruled against Moore-King, calling the regulations minimal and her practices deceptive.

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