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Law against being willfully annoying soon to be nixed
First Published Mar 04 2014 09:24 am • Last Updated Mar 04 2014 09:26 am

Grand Rapids, Mich. • It’s soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1cqxCRm ) that the City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person."

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City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended repealing the language, saying the wording is "unconstitutional in terms of being vague" and "simply unenforceable." A final decision is expected March 11.

Even with the change, related crimes such as obstructing someone in a public place or assault would still be on the books.

Mish has been scouring city code to find archaic rules.

Last year, rules that got a look included one prohibiting people from riding horses on a sidewalk and another allowing jail time for failing to return a library book.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids




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