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Thu Aug 20, 2015, 02:45 PM

 

L.A.'s voided law against sleeping in cars costs it $1.1 million in legal fees

Source: LA times

Attorney Carol Sobel said the fee payout is one of a half-dozen agreements the city has reached with lawyers who brought civil rights challenges to police crackdowns on homeless people.



"They never learn," said Sobel, who will share the newly awarded fees with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and two other lawyers. "Instead of having money to spend on addressing the real problem of homelessness they are constantly feeding money into the bottomless pit of police suppression."

A spokesman for City Atty. Mike Feuer said he declined comment.

The vehicle-dwelling case was filed on behalf of a group of homeless people, including several disabled individuals, over a 2010 police crackdown on 250 people who began sleeping in their cars and motor homes on Venice streets at the height of the recession, Sobel said.
They never learn. Instead of having money to spend on addressing the real problem of homelessness they are constantly feeding money into the bottomless pit of police suppression. - Attorney Carol Sobel, who will share the newly awarded fees with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and two other lawyers

A federal appeals court last year struck down the ban, ruling it was unconstitutionally vague and an invitation to discriminate against the poor. The court said the ordinance could have been enforced against people for napping or keeping food in their car, including road trippers or tourists.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-la-homeless-legal-fees-20150819-story.html

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Reply L.A.'s voided law against sleeping in cars costs it $1.1 million in legal fees (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Aug 2015 OP
Elmer S. E. Dump Aug 2015 #1
Spitfire of ATJ Aug 2015 #5
awoke_in_2003 Aug 2015 #10
SoapBox Aug 2015 #2
olddots Aug 2015 #3
TeamPooka Aug 2015 #6
olddots Aug 2015 #7
TeamPooka Aug 2015 #8
taught_me_patience Aug 2015 #9
ThoughtCriminal Aug 2015 #4
Syzygy321 Aug 2015 #11

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 02:52 PM

1. Shit like this scorches my ass.

 

You're homeless, but lucky enough to still have a car, and you can't f-ing sleep in it? They want you sleeping in the elements where you are subject to theft, rape, people pissing on you, etc.??

Fuck the fucking fuckers!

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Response to Elmer S. E. Dump (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 05:04 PM

5. Meanwhile an overpaid lawer gets 1.1 million attempting and failing to keep the law on the books.

 

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Response to Elmer S. E. Dump (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 07:36 PM

10. If you sleep in the elements...

 

they will try to move you on to the next town. And don't even think of pitching a tent out away from everyone.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 03:15 PM

2. Oh...it's ok ya know...

Because it's just TAXPAYER money, that they worked for and then we took.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 03:23 PM

3. L.A. is a movie set , a tinsel town scam .

 

If you walk behind the set you see its all fake much like the American Dream .

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Response to olddots (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 05:47 PM

6. It's a real city with real people living here, but thank you for attempting to diminish it and us.

This is the DU member formerly known as TeamPooka.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 05:52 PM

7. so I'm diminishing you ?

 

Oy .never mind .

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Response to olddots (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 06:02 PM

8. Yes bang your head because you clearly don't understand what you said. nt

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Response to olddots (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 07:12 PM

9. Tell that to the millions here making a nice middle class living

 

Working good jobs, living in nice neighborhoods, and enjoying great weather.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 03:37 PM

4. Seems like lots cities and towns are adopting similar ordinances

Hope this helps put the brakes on that trend.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2015, 09:46 PM

11. Why the heck would anyone want to legislate

 

against people sleeping in cars?

I mean, millions of cars sit around all night long in public places and no one minds. We dont even think about them. But if some of them have a person snoozing inside, suddenly that's a problem?

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