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43 Pepp. L. Rev. 1101 (2015-2016)
Domestic Violence Victims a Nuisance to Cities

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     Domestic Violence Victims a Nuisance to

                                                            Cities



I.  INTRODUCTION                                        .......... 1101
II. BACKGROUND          .................................... ...... 1104
      A.  A History of Property Nuisance Ordinances in the United
          States........................................ 1104
      B.  Context of Concerns Domestic Violence Victims Face......... 1106
      C.  The Connection between Property Nuisance Ordinances and
          Domestic Violence    .................................. 1111
III. THE CURRENT STATE OF THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EXCEPTION..... 1113
      A.  Challenging the Ordinance: The Pennsylvania Case Facts. 1114
      B.  Other Contemporary Cases Regarding the Lack ofA Domestic
          Violence Exception.   .......................   ....... 1118
      C.  Common   Themes ofNuisance Cases with Domestic Violence
          Victims.       ................................ ...... 1120
IV. UNDERSTANDING   THE PENNSYLVANIA  CASE: WHAT ARE  THE LEGAL
CHALLENGES  TO THE NUISANCE ORDINANCE?  ..................... 1121
      A.  The Right to Petition the Government........... ..... 1122
      B.  Substantive Due Process: Ensuring Life, Liberty, AND
          Property        ............................... ...... 1126
      C.  Statutory Concerns under the Fair Housing Act................... 1129
V.  THE IMPACT ON AMERICA  OF NUISANCE ORDINANCES  WITHOUT  A
DOMESTIC  VIOLENCE EXCEPTION      .......................... ..... 1132
VI. CONCLUSION.        ..................................... ...... 1134


                          I.  INTRODUCTION

    Lakisha Briggs's ex-boyfriend broke a glass ashtray against her head and
used the broken glass to stab Lakisha in the neck.' Lakisha lost consciousness
from blood loss, a neighbor called the police for help, and a trauma helicopter


   1. First Amended Complaint IN 97-99, Briggs v. Borough of Norristown, No. 2:13-CV-02191
(E.D. Pa. Apr. 29, 2013) [hereinafter Briggs Complaint], http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/norristownc-
omplaint.pdf.


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