City of Norfolk v. Salyers

A provision of the Norfolk City Code regarding “soliciting in the street” is an unconstitutional content-based restriction on speech. The provision was the basis for convicting the appellant for standing in the median near an intersection, holding a sign saying “Homeless Anything Helps.” The court denied the City’s motion to nolle prosequi the charge and held that the ordinance supporting the charge does not survive strict scrutiny under the First Amendment.

Charge dismissed.

City of Norfolk v. Salyers, No. CR18-993, Oct. 26, 2018. Norfolk Cir. (Fulton).

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