Friday, June 09, 2006

NYC Blocked From Enforcing Graffiti Law

Newsday reports:
A federal appeals court Thursday blocked the city from enforcing part of an anti-graffiti law that prevented people between the ages of 18 and 21 from buying spray paint and broad-tipped markers.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the city's request that it temporarily let aspects of the law remain in effect while the appeals court considers whether a judge was right to find in favor of artists who challenged it.

City lawyer Virginia Waters said the city would appeal.

"Graffiti is an ongoing blight in New York City, and we look forward to being able to use this important tool once we prevail upon the appeal."

Judge George B. Daniels had temporarily ordered an end to enforcement of the ban on sales to 18- to 21-year-olds, saying there was no "rational basis" to target them more than other adults.
New York hasn't heard of the concept of equal protection under the law.