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Palo Alto uses Sit/Lie Ordinance to prosecute disabled man
by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca
It’s a story that deserves to be on the big screen, or at least on stage. It’s a modern day Les Miserables, but with a happier ending. At least for now. Victor Frost, a 61-year-old, Palo Alto, California panhandler who sits on a milk crate because of his poor health, won a two-year battle against police who have been citing and harassing him for sitting on a sidewalk.
Frost’s legal fight ended in a mistrial last Friday because some jurors rightly held on to the belief that he was innocent of violating the city’s sit/lie law. The city may appeal.