Linda's Hearth note:
Another Week's News About "Homeless" Politics
"ICH/US report on criminalizing homlessness" is important information that followed the conclusion of Gary Johnson's Lodging 647(e) three-judge appeals court.
Those judges did not find for Gary, rather they supported Honorable Judge Gallagher's decisions a week ago today in Superior Court dept 5, including his definition of Lodging for California's legal purposes. Johnson has already served jail time for this "crime" of sleep during a protest, as had his attorney, Ed Frey. And the terms of probation offered Gary would have left him forbidden from sleeping anywhere in the city or county (or state?) at nighttime because of the "obey all laws" catch-all those deals always close with.
Go to jail for being a sleep criminal? Or go to jail for attempting to question terms of probation for clarification about his punishment for being a sleep criminal? Some things are just too absurd to take seriously, unless the noose has YOUR name on it.
I do not agree with the 2 appeals judges (other one was M I A): I feel that when such a casual and naive definition of this unconstitutional law has the effect -- just as the Sheriff's Deputies had on that crucial predawn PeaceCamp2010 morning, when they cited and arrested our 24/7 First Amendment demonstration to sweep the courthouse steps --has the effect of depriving citizens of their liberty or livelihood or, contended Gary's atttorey, one's life, which requires sleep.
from Robert Norse/Indybay Santa Cruz; followed by Reuters. I'm not sure who gets credit for the yellow hilighting, but thanks, to whomever! --Linda's Hearth about Lodging 647(e), California