Prosecutor acknowledges using outdated panhandling law against Bronx resident
After being arrested for loitering, a panhandler in the Bronx fought the charges brought against him. On Friday, a federal judge ruled that it is legal to beg for change in front of stores. According to a 1992 court ruling, arresting panhandlers is unconstitutional because it's considered a form of free speech. The suit claims police and prosecutors continue to charge people under the old rules. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson acknowledges theprosecutions occurred. He says it was a mistake, and it's beencorrected.The panhandler's attorney says his office will be following up on the case. He says he will try to get compensation for anyone who has been wrongfully arrested or charged for begging for money.