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 May 22, 2003
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Judge Tossed Out Ordinance

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(5/21/03 Cleveland-AP) -- A federal judge has tossed out an ordinance in the northeast Ohio city of Mentor-on-the-Lake that restricted canvassing in neighborhoods.
Acting on a lawsuit brought by Ohio Citizen Action, Judge Donald Nugent in Cleveland said yesterday the ordinance violated the group's rights to raise funds and of free speech.  Nugent ruled that the city could not enforce the ordinance and ordered a hearing to determine damages.

 The environmental group sued Mentor-on-the-Lake last May when the city required the group to get a license, limited its efforts to daylight hours and required members to be fingerprinted and

 The city argued it enacted the restrictions to prevent fraud and crime and to protect residents' privacy.

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