4 Phoenix L. Rev. 519 (2010-2011)
Excuse Me - Can You Spare Some Change in This Economy - A Socio-Economic History of Anti-Panhandling Laws

handle is hein.journals/phnxlwrv4 and id is 521 raw text is: EXCUSE ME! CAN YOU SPARE SOME CHANGE . .. IN THIS
ECONOMY?
A Socio-ECONOMIC HISTORY OF ANTI-PANHANDLING LAWS
Ruth A. Szanto*
I.    INTRODUCTION          .................................................... 519
II.   BACKGROUND             ..................................      ......... 521
A. First Amendment..........................                   ........ 521
B. Theory             ...................................      ...... 524
C. A Historical Perspective on Anti-Panhandling Laws .....     ..... 528
III.  CHANGES IN THE LAW OVER TIME          ...................      ........ 543
IV.   A PROPOSAL FOR ANTI-PANHANDLING STATUTES ........              ......... 557
V.    CONCLUSION             ......................................  ...... 560
I. INTRODUCTION
The American system provided a voice and a share in the
economy to many more people than most of the old world
societies.  But decisively not everybody. . . .       In a
relatively open society, interest groups made politics, and
politics made law. The squeaky wheels got the oil. Power
led to privilege. Old people, transients, the feeble minded,
dirt-poor and crippled families-all of these people stayed,
by and large, at the bottom of the social pit.'
* Juris Doctorate Candidate at Phoenix School of Law, Spring 2011. B.A. in Psychology,
magna cum laude, Spring 2008, Arizona State University. B.A. in English Literature, magna
cum laude, Fall 2003, Arizona State University. Extern with the ACLU Foundation of
Arizona, Summer 2010, Phoenix, Arizona. Extem with the Arizona Center for Disability
Law, Summer 2009, Phoenix, Arizona. Managerial Board Articles Editor, PHOENIX LAW
REVIEw, Vol. IV. I would like to thank Kevin Szanto, Edith Szanto, and Lidia Koelbel for
their patience and support. I would also like to thank Professor Michael O'Connor and
Professor Jennifer Spreng for their feedback while I was writing this article.
1 LAWRENCE M. FRIEDMAN, A HISTORY OF AMERICAN LAW 367 (3d ed. 2005) (emphasis
added).

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