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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/17/2009

Anti-Loitering or Unconstitutional?

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is once again proposing a bill that would prevent two or more people from gathering in "hot spots," areas known for criminal activity.

Graham said at today's Committee of the Whole meeting that he proposed similar anti-loitering legislation in July 2005 and in February 2007, and concerns were raised questions about infringing upon civil liberties. "I have wrestled with this issue for years," he said.

The new bill, he said, contains provisions that would observe "lawful assembly."

This time around, Graham also picked up some co-sponsors: Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), David Catania (I-At Large) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2).

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/17/2009

Categories:  D.C. Council

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