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Appeals Court Tosses Out Curfew Law

Tue., June 10, 1997

A tough San Diego curfew law banning youths from hanging out after 10 p.m. is unconstitutional because it’s too broad, too vague and it interferes with parents’ rights to raise their children, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

The decision could gut similar curfew ordinances in dozens of other cities, said Jan Scanlan, a deputy city attorney for Bakersfield, Calif.

The curfew makes it a crime for anyone under 18 to “loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play” in a public place after 10 p.m.

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