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.READ MORE: Caught On Camera: Man Attacks, Robs Father And Son After Fender Bender In Queens
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.READ MORE: MTA Employee Recognized After Rescuing Dog From Subway Tracks: 'It's Remarkable She Was Able To Survive That Long'
“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Since Hoffstead was arrested, the law against panhandling has been repealed by the state.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.MORE NEWS: Judge Dismisses National Rifle Association's Bankruptcy Case, Leaving Group Open To New York Lawsuit
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