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Criminal Law:
Chicago v. Morales

Docket Number: 97-1121
Appealed From: Illinois Supreme Court
Subjects: Street Gangs; Loitering Ordinances

Argued: December 9, 1998

Decided: June 10, 1999
Vote: 6-3

At Issue: Whether Chicago's anti-loitering ordinance aimed at gangs is unconstitutionally vague and restrictive of personal liberty.

Decision: The court said that cities cannot arbitrarily prevent people suspected of being gang members from loitering in public; a Chicago anti-loitering ordinance unconstitutionally failed to draw a line between innocent and harmful hanging out.

The full text of the Chicago v. Morales decision is available at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.


Background from The Post
High Court Strikes Chicago Law Aimed at Gangs (June 11, 1999)
Justices Air Reservations About Anti-Loitering Ordinance (December 10, 1998)
High Court to Review Law Aimed at Gangs (December 7, 1998)


Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)



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