From the Alexandria (LA) TownTalk:
A federal judge this week ruled that an Alexandria law forbidding fortunetellers from working in the city is a violation of First Amendment free speech rights.
U.S. District Judge Dee Drell concurred with a recommendation in June by U.S. Magistrate Judge James D. Kirk that said Alexandria's 2011 ban of Rachel Adams' shop on Jackson Street Extension was unconstitutional.
Drell signed the judgment Tuesday, a document that includes a bit of tarot card history and an observation.
"We also note with interest that the 'art' of fortune telling proliferates in front of St. Louis Cathedral, in the city of New Orleans, apparently without incident," Drell wrote.
Kirk last month recommended that Drell mow down the Alexandria law that bans palmistry, card reading, fortune telling and other otherworldly communications.
"To apply the ordinance literally would outlaw every 'amateur psychiatrist, parlor sage and barstool philosopher' in Alexandria who dares to suggest to another what the future may hold," Kirk wrote last month.
Kirk wrote that a court judgment supporting Alexandria's ban of fortunetellers "is not in the cards."...MORE*January 9, 2011
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