News Story (Virginia)
Associated Press (AP)
January 30, 2019
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)
A Virginia law that allows police to arrest and jail people designated as “habitual drunkards” for up to a year if they’re caught with alcohol was scrutinized Wednesday by a federal appeals court as legal advocates argued that it unfairly targets homeless alcoholics.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is being asked to allow a legal challenge to the law to proceed in federal court.
A federal judge and a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit have dismissed the lawsuit, but the appeals court agreed to hear arguments before the full court of 15 justices.