Appellate Court Upholds Homeless Man’s Right to Beg

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – In 2006, Eric Hoffstead was arrested for panhandling after asking a New Rochelle cop for a dollar.

After a four-year fight, WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports the appellate court has refused to overrule a ruling in favor of Hoffstead.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi with details on the suit.

“It’s a great moment for him, and he should really be proud,” said Hoffstead’s attorney Carl Birman.

Birman said their argument was always that asking for money is a form of free speech.

“People have the right to ask for money and help. It’s a very important victor for the rights of the homeless,” said Birman.

Since Hoffstead was arrested, the law against panhandling has been repealed by the state.

“It was all about free speech,” said Birman.

Do you think people should be allowed to beg for money? Leave your thoughts below…

  • jose

    they should be picked up by the state, and not arrested, rather brought to some kind of government financed job skills center so that they can stop begging on the street, and start being productive members of society

  • robert

    corrected spelling Tere = there jude = judge

  • robert

    Yes! I am a retired NYC cop and I never would arrest or not help a person in time of need. You can really tell whom is or is not in need. Tere are some whom fake it and most don,t but let God be the judge not the public or a kangarro court jude.

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