Law: Walking Tall in California

The Supreme Court overturns the state's vagrancy law

Edward Lawson, 37, a bachelor and the head of his own consulting and entrepreneurial firm in San Francisco, liked to take long walks while on business in the San Diego area, often in the dead of night. As he strolled the deserted streets, no one ever bothered him except the police. Between March 1975 and January 1977, Lawson was stopped 15 times for vagrancy under a provision of the California penal code that requires an individual to provide "credible and reliable" identification to a police officer...

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