Skeptic News: Fortune telling ban unconstitutional

20120714-172529.jpgA federal judge has struck down a central Louisiana ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city of Alexandria.

U.S. District Judge Dee Drell’s ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate’s conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional.

The city argued that the practice of fortune telling is inherently deceptive and counts as fraud. The court ruled however that fortune telling is free speech and protected by the first amendment.

A violation of the ordinance resulted in $500 fines for fortune tellers before it was overturned.

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