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SC fortune teller case seen as free speech issue

May 31, 2011 8:49:00 AM - thestate.com
The case of a fortune teller arrested in Charleston is either one of free speech or simply one of a man blocking the sidewalk.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Tuesday that Jonathan Spiel was ticketed last year for blocking the sidewalk after setting up chairs and a table to read fortune-telling cards.

Susan Dunn with the American Civil Liberties Union says Spiel is a street performer and wants a city livability court to throw out the tickets.

Dunn says if the tickets stand, it would allow the city to target others using items of furniture in exercise of free speech.

The city says it can regulate who sets up on sidewalks to protect pedestrians and drivers. It wants Spiel to pay tickets totaling $732.

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